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A History of Dyeing : 1   1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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2600 BC * Earliest written record of the use of dyestuffs in China
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715 BC * Wool dyeing established as craft in Rome
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331 BC * Alexander finds 190 year old purple robes when he conquers Susa, the Persian capital. They were in the royal treasury and said to be worth $6 million (equivalent)
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327 BC * Alexander the Great mentions "beautiful printed cottons" in India
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236 BC * An Egyptian papyrus mentions dyers as "stinking of fish, with tired eyes and hands working unceasingly"
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55 BC * Romans found painted people "picti" in Gaul dyeing themselves with Woad (same chemical content of color as indigo)
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2nd & 3rd Centuries AD * Roman graves found with madder and indigo dyed textiles, replacing the old Imperial Purple (purpura)
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3rd Century * Papyrus found in a grave contains the oldest dye recipe known, for imitation purple - called Stockholm Papyrus. It is a Greek work.
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273 AD * Emperor Aurelian refused to let his wife buy a purpura-dyed silk garment. It cost its weight in gold.
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