Dyes and dyeing in the Ming and Qing dynasties in China: preliminary evidence based on primary sources of documented recipes

Han, J. and Quye, A. (2018) Dyes and dyeing in the Ming and Qing dynasties in China: preliminary evidence based on primary sources of documented recipes. Textile History, 49(1), pp. 44-70. (doi:10.1080/00404969.2018.1440099)

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Abstract

Colour has long held a special significance in Chinese culture, especially for textiles in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties, the period when imperial handicrafts reached their production peak. This paper makes the first attempt to compare systematically historical Chinese records of textile dyeing to understand its practice. The paper presents research into the dyes and dyeing methods recorded in four important historical manuscripts of dye recipes from the periods of interest by examining the range and frequency of dyes and dyeing methods using statistical analysis methods. Issues such as the reliability of the historical resources of dyeing, the combination of raw materials, factors affecting the choices of dyes and dyeing methods and advances in dyeing are discussed. The findings of this research significantly promote the knowledge of textile dyeing for historical Chinese textiles research. They also have important implications for the understanding of world textile dyeing history.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
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:Textile History
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0040-4969
ISSN (Online):1743-2952
Published Online:21 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Pasold Research Fund Ltd
First Published:First published in Textile History 49(1): 44-70
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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