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Dyeing

Colour

In my garden, just turning, the witchhazels…

And in my kitchen, competing with the pumpkin pie making..

The intense cinnabar coloured Lincoln/Mohair roving from my earlier post, dyed with phaeolus sweinitzii and brazilwood, now spun into  yarn.

Cinnabar. Evocative.  There is so much history behind the colour red.

The name for the colour is synonymous with the ore cinnabar: Mercury Sulphide which was mined in Spain to make Vermillion for the artists of Pompeii.  It is also an ingredient in some alchemist recipes for the Philosophers Stone.

It feels like alchemy too, dyeing fiber with mushrooms and brazilwood , this ancient dyestuff, which gave a country a name and was so sought after in the Renaissance for sumptuous textiles.