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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "shelbystein" wrote:
> Does anyone know if people wore black? Did warriors wear black leather, or is that just in the movies?
It depends on what you call black. Brown-black was easy, common and cheap; black sheep are brown-black, and any form of tannin (such as acorns) combined with any source of iron (such as old armor scraps) produces brown-black. Thus, brown-black was the last attempt to dye hopelessly stained cloth back to something quasi-respectable and was associated with poverty. Blue-black is harder, and true black really requires dyes that were fabulously expensive till the Renaissance.
So a warrior could easily have brown-black but wouldn't want to; it would make him look poor. Blue-black varied in availability and popularity, but generally wasn't widely available. True black was for the rich and the Renaissance.