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Book cover of Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments: Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources, with a colorful tapestry and religious painting. Published by Archetype Publications.

Natural Colorants for Dyeing and Lake Pigments

Practical Recipes and their Historical Sources

Edited by Jo Kirby
Edited by Maarten van Bommel
Edited by André Verhecken


  • An illustrated guide to lake pigments and natural dyes, including historical context, practical recipes and techniques
  • This book enables readers to make and modify their own pigments
Full Description

This simple handbook aims to enable readers to make their own lake pigments or dye their own textiles using dyes from naturally occurring raw materials in a simple way under relatively controlled conditions and using recipes optimized for easy use in the laboratory or indeed the classroom. The book provides the basic principles of dying and lake pigment making (using the term lake pigment in its original, historical, sense indicating a naturally occurring dye precipitated onto a conventional usually white substrate, frequently a form of hydrated alumina) and from these the reader can try modifying the conditions or the amount of raw material, for example, to obtain different results. Suggestions for simple modifications are given.

Archetype Publications
24th Sep 2014
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
8.23 in x 11.73 in
112 Pages
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