Knowledge of whelk dyes and pigments in Anglo-Saxon England

Biggam, C. (2006) Knowledge of whelk dyes and pigments in Anglo-Saxon England. Anglo-Saxon England, 35, pp. 23-55. (doi:10.1017/S0263675106000032)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0263675106000032

Abstract

This article aims to evaluate the likelihood that whelk dye was known in Anglo-Saxon England, either in the form of imported cloth and textile products, and/or as an activity carried out in England. The nature of whelk dye and the likely processing options available to early societies are considered in the light of extant records and modern experimentation in Israel and Britain. The currently available 'hard' evidence is then presented from archaeology, manuscript studies, and the chemical analysis of textiles. Finally, the semantic and literary evidence is considered, including three passages from texts by Bede and Aldhelm, and a new interpretation of OE cornwurma.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Biggam, Dr Carole
Authors: Biggam, C.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Anglo-Saxon England
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:1474-0532

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