A sample of Turkey Red cloth c 1850-1890 from a United Turkey Red Co pattern book.
The technique of Turkey Red dyeing came to Scotland in the 1780s. The process used a natural dye called madder together with a mordant (a chemical which fixed the colour to the cloth) and produced a range of red, brown and black shades. The development of the Scottish chemical industry led to the production of new mordants and chemical dyes, giving dyers a richer variety of colours to choose from.
Reference: 1360.91.203 / PP.1986.273.49
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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