Relbun roots

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Description

A natural red dye extracted from relbun roots (Relbunium hypocarpium, R. bigeminum, R. tetragonum, R. hirsutum and R. richardianum). Relbun dye was used by the Paracas culture in Peru in 700 BCE for dyeing textiles. The principal colorants in relbun dyes are purpurin and pseudopurpurin.

Resources and Citations

  • Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Vol. 3, 1997 Comment: H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin",

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