Re: Opinion on swatches please
> I think I know what publications I'd search for to check this, butif
> you have time....(very
> This would be the local walnut variety I assume, something like
> close to) english walnut? Most of the dying talk of walnut's I'vefor
> heard of is using the (new world) black walnut. I hope I've gotten
> the varieties right there.
> Which bit of the walnut is used? (presumably no mordant is needed
> a tannic dye such as this)Textilfunde aus dem Hafen von Haithabu, Inga Haegg, 1984. Karl
> And was this on the garment that is suspected of being 12thC.
Wachholtz Verlag, ISBN 3-529-1920-8
Two fragments (or rather a few fragments, two pieces of clothing)
one a crepe woven wool (tabby) interpreted as remains of trousers of
the Thorsberg type and a repped wool tabby piece interpreted as a
piece of a haengerock. Both presumably 10th century (the part of the
habour they were found in has been roughly dated to the 10th century.
I believe there might have been walnut dye on some Herjolfsnes
fragments as well, which might be what you were thinking of as
12thC? They range from 12th century to the 14th century, but there
are also fragments from York, London and other places and times....
The best parts of walnut (European walnut, Juglans regia) to use are
the thick green/brownish hull-leaves surrounding the hard shell of
the walnut when the actual nut drops out of them in autumn. Put them
in a bucket with water for some time, you can keep adding. When the
water appears dark brown, strain the shells off. You can dye wool
cold, just put the wet fabric in, stir frequently until the fabric
has the colour you want, take out, rinse well and let dry.
Hope this helps,
- BTW, do you have an ISSN no for this journal? Googling
> for "dress" seems unfortunately rather pointless.Try googling Dress and Journal.....It's the Journal of the Costume
Society of America, ISSN 0361-2112.....