Dyeing in History

This is one of my favorite shows… The Worst Jobs in History with Tony Robinson aka. I-have-a-cunning-plan S. Baldrick from the Blackadder series. I’m sharing the few bits from this show that describe old and ancient dyeing techniques.

Purple makers using rotten shellfish to make ‘royal purple.’

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZw3Z2ms9-8]


Dyeing blue with Wode

Part I (Part about wode dyeing is about  5 1/2 minutes in. There is an interesting bit on pin-making at the beginning of this video)

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xznkMDBG1S8]

Part II

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftH9k6htQPI]


Cleaning  and fulling wool cloth with… yes… Pee. The part about the fulling is actually 3 1/2 minutes into the first video. It’s continued in the second.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwTn2e73QfQ]

Part II

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8A7dC7xUwU]

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