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NATURAL DYEING DAY AT THE DWB
Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, 2001

Prior to the mid 1800's, most dyes were obtained from natural sources - flowers, leaves, roots and bark. Living historians will demonstrate 18th century traditional dyeing techniques, taking you through all the steps: mordanting the fiber to accept the dye, gathering dye plants, preparing the dyebath, and recipes and methods for obtaining permanent, beautiful colors. Several dyepots will produce a variety of shades and overdyes, and indigo will yield vibrant shades of blue. An extensive display of dye materials, color samples and reference materials will also provide detailed information on this very important facet of colonial life.