A comprehensive study of textile dyeing techniques of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, China

Han, J. and Quye, A. (2016) A comprehensive study of textile dyeing techniques of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, China. Dyes in History and Archaeology, (Submitted)

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Abstract

This research pioneers the comprehensive investigation of textile dyeing techniques of the Ming and Qing Dynasties on the basis of existing research results on historical dye recipes and dyes on historical textiles, and art historical research on the social and global contexts of dyeing. Research results show that dyes commonly used during this period include safflower, sappanwood, Chinese cork tree, pagoda bud, indigo, acorn cup, turmeric, gallnut, smoketree and some early synthetic dyes. These dyes were chosen mainly according to their colours to obtain specific shades. The colour obtained was enriched by variations in the combination and quantity of raw materials. The uses of dyes revealed by literature research and chemical analysis are largely consistent with one another. Further investigations show that the dyeing techniques and official decrees on costume colour developed with each other. The exchange of dyes between China and Europe was limited in terms of natural dyes, but was greatly expanded in terms of early synthetic dyes. This research not only promotes the knowledge of Chinese dyeing history, as a part of world dyeing history, but also contributes to better understanding and preservation of the textiles.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Submitted
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Han, Dr Jing and Quye, Dr Anita
Authors: Han, J., and Quye, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Dyes in History and Archaeology
Publisher:Archetype Publications
ISSN:0959-0641
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Archetype Publications
First Published:First published in Dyes in History and Archaeology 2016
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

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