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A History of Dyeing : 4   1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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1614 * Dyeing cloth "in the wood" was introduced in England: logwood, fustic, etc.
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1802 * Sir Robert Peel brought out a resist method, he had purchased the idea for from a commercial traveller for equivalent of $25. It consisted of a wax or other resist on the background, actually a batik technique done on large scale.
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1856 * William Henry Perkin discovered the first synthetic dye stuff "Mauve" (aniline, a basic dye) while searching for a cure for malaria and a new industry was begun. It was a brilliant fuchsia type color, but faded easily so our idea of the color mauve is not what the appearance of the original color was.
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1922 * The AATCC (American Assoc. of Textile Chemists and Colorists) formed its first subcommittee to study washfastness of printed and dyed cottons, formulate testing procedures, standards of fastness.
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1928 * Dupont began the fundamental research that would lead to discovery of nylon
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1957 * CIBA introduces Cibacrons, a new range of reactive dyes and the first to compete with ICI's Procion series
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With acknowledgements and thanks to Susan C. Druding, author of "Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century".

Originally written for a Seminar presented in Seattle, Washington at Convergence 1982, a bi-annual gathering of weavers, dyers and spinners.
 
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