Instructions for Dying Silk

[ Instructions for Dying Silk ]

Date: Late 18th or early 19th century; exact date unknown.

Publication Format
Manuscript

Type
Household
Miscellaneous

Ingredients
logwood dye
dogwood dye
alum water
salt water
gum arabic

Places
Nova Scotia

Source: Militia Regulations Book
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Reference: MG 100 Vol. 1 No. 5 / Microfilm Reel 786

Description

A method for dying silk pasted in the pages of a book of Militia Regulations.


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Transcription

Dip the silk first in the logwood [dogwood] dye & then

in Allum Water, then rinse it well in Salt Water,

& disolve an Ounce of Gum Arabic in a little water

and dip it all in, dry it slowly in the House &

Iron it quickly.

Annotations
logwood
Logwood produces black dye. The writer may also mean "dogwood," which makes blue dye.