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A History of Dyeing : 3   1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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1321 * Brazilwood was first mentioned as a dye, source from East Indies and India. (the country of Brazil was named for the wood found there, not vice versa)
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1327-1377 * Edward III, "Royal Wool Merchant" offered protection to all foreigners living in England and to all who wanted to come to help improve the textile industry.
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Early 15th Century * Cennino Cennini of Padua, Italy described the printing of cloth (block printing) in his treatise called Method of Painting Cloths by Means of Moulds.
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15th Century * Aztecs under Montezuma conquered the Mayans. 11 Mayan cities paid a yearly tribute of 2000 decorated cotton blankets and 40 bags of Cochineal (insect dye) each.
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1429 * The 1st European book on dyeing - Mariegola Dell'Arte de Tentori - was published in Italy
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1464 * Pope Paul II introduced the so-called "Cardinals' Purple" which was really scarlet from the Kermes insect. This became the first luxury dye of the Middle Ages just as Imperial Purple (Murex) had been for the ancient world.
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1472 * Edward IV incorporated the Dyers' Company of London
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1507 * France, Holland and Germany begin the cultivation of dye plants as an industry
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1519 * Pizarro and Cortez find that there is cotton in Central and South America. They send back brightly printed fabrics showing that the Indians knew about block printing prior to the Conquest. Cochineal from Mexico and Peru now being shipped back to Spain.
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