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A History of Dyeing : 2   1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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Late 4th Century * Emperor Theodosium of Byzantium issued a decree forbidding the use of certain shades of purple except by the Imperial family on pain of death
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400 AD * Murex (the mollusk from which purpura comes) becoming scarce due to huge demand and over harvesting for Romans. One pound of cloth dyed with Murex worth $20,000 in terms of our money today (Emperor Augustus source)
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8th Century * A Chinese manuscript mentions dyeing with wax resist technique (batik)
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925 * The Wool Dyers' Guilds first initiated in Germany
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1188 * The first mention of Guilds for Dyers in London
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1197 * King John (of Magna Carta fame) persuaded Parliament to regulate dyeing of woolens to protect the public from poor quality goods
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13th Century * Rucellia, of Florence, rediscovered the ancient art of making purple dye from lichens sent from Asia Minor (similar to Orchils?)
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1212 * The city of Florence had over 200 dyers, fullers and tailors. A directory of weavers and spinners was published as well.
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1290 * The only blue dye of the period, Woad, began to be raised extensively in Germany. The 3 major dyes were now: woad, madder and weld.
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