Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dye, Dye My Darling

The first dyes emerged around 30,000 B.C.

Blue dye was squeezed out of bloodwort berries, lilac color was extracted from myrtle, and yellow came from an artichokelike plant called reseda.  But in the belief that it would ruin the process, hot-blooded cavemen were forbidden from gazing on their womenfolk while they were actually dyeing fabric.

~ Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger


  1. How interesting!! Can't believe the men weren't allowed to be around for the process.