|pigments from the Vikingeskibsmuseet, Roskilde Denmark.|
'...Colours were also used industriously by the Vikings who dyed yarn and textiles with plant extracts. (...) The colours most widely used in the Viking Age were black, white, yellow, red, red-brown and brown. They were produced from charcoal, chalk, ochre, burnt ochre, rust. The colours were often muted. If strong colours were desired, blue, red and yellow, dyes would be imported from Southern Europe. However, these were expensive and rare and were most often associated with prestige and wealth.' source leaflet from aforementioned museum.
|I used one of yesterday's teabag-cloths to experiment dyeing with the Viking pigments. I sprinkled green bits of pigment, crunched the cloth, rinsed it; blue sprinkles, crunch and rinse and so on with all the colours until I kind of liked it, ended by thoroughly washing with soap and water until the water ran clear. The cloth dryed quickly in the sun and was then ironed and with the bits lying on the ironing board (coincidence?!) I ended up with this composition.|