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Sample Book, The Coal Tar Colour of Meister Lucius & Brüning, Ltd. . . . Applied in Calico Printing, Synthetic Red Dyes: Mordant Alizarins, plates 122–23, and Alizarin Turkey Reds, plate 169, 1908

This is a Sample book. It was written by Meister Lucius & Brüning, Ltd. and published by Meister Lucius & Brüning, Ltd.. It is dated 1908. Its medium is sample swatches of dyed and printed cloth mounted on paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

One of many volumes on dyestuffs by Meister, Lucius & Bruning, Ltd., this particular volume focuses on calico printing, illustrated with swatches primarily produced in their trial laboratory. Calico, which was originally invented in the 11th century in Calcutta, India, is a plain, woven, cotton textile dyed and printed in bright hues. Europeans were partial to small patterns on a cream base rather than the Indian preference for a darker background. Within this publication are the recipes and descriptions of the various ways in which their dyes can be applied to cotton fabrics, along with a wide range of calico samples shown in varying shades. The coal tar colors were a mixture of chemicals derived from petroleum. When a mordant was combined with a dye, it served to fix it in the material. This manual preserves original fabric dye recipes as well as the lovely calico designs from the early 1900s.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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Open: 27 × 40.8 × 6 cm (10 5/8 × 16 1/16 × 2 3/8 in.)

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