Natural dyes

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A class of dyes extracted from plant and animal sources. Natural dyestuffs can be derived from leaves, branches, fruits, flowers or roots of some plants; common examples are: Alkanet, Annatto, Archil, Brazilwood dye, Buckthorn berries, Cudbear, Cutch, Fustic, Madder, Indigo, Litmus, Logwood, Morinda, Quercitron, Safflower, Saffron, Sassafras, Sumac, Turmeric, Turnsole, Walnut, Weld, and Woad. Some dyes come from animal sources; examples are Cochineal, Kermes, Lac dye, Sepia, and Tyrian purple.

Synonyms and Related Terms

natural dyestuff; colorantes naturales (Esp.); colorants naturels (Fr.); corantes naturais (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982