Journal articleThe sources and structures of dyes used to colour Western historical textiles are described in this tutorial review. Most blue and purple colours were derived from indigo—obtained either from woad or from the indigo plant—though some other sources (e.g. shellfish and lichens) were used. Reds were often anthraquinone derivatives obtained...
Ferreira, Ester S B ; Hulme, Alison N ; McNab, Hamish ; Quye, Anita