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Published: 15 February 2014

By Andy Ross

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Turkey Red

A kind reader sent in a very interesting link to an online journal this week, dedicated to the art and craft of dyeing using natural dyes.

The Turkey Red Journal has a fascinating link in the issue to a study of Scottish decorative textiles. The study is a two year collabroative research project between the University of Edinburgh and National Museum Scotland, and it traces the development of an international trade in a "complex cotton dyeing process", Turkey Red.  The process resulted in a bright, colourfast and washable red which you can see online through an exhibition of pattern books along with some useful and important information about the trade which, incidentally, only ended in 1961 having lasted over a century.

Thank you to our reader who sent this in. Contributions can be emailed to us, and we will share them on the blog.