Dimensions: 254 x 174 mm
Illustrations: 560 colour
At a time when more and more plants and animals are threatened with extinction by humanity's ever-increasing pressure on the land and oceans of the planet, this book sets out to record sources of colorants discovered and used on all the continents from antiquity until the present day.
Some 300 plants and 30 animals (marine molluscs and scale insects) are illustrated and discussed by the author (recently - January 2016 - awarded the Legion d'Honneur for her scientific work), whose passion for natural dyes, with their colours of unequalled richness and subtlety, has taken her across the globe in search of dye sources and dyers. Botanical/zoological details are given for each source and the chemical structures shown for each dye. Dyes employed by different civilisations, identified by dye analyses, are illustrated and relevant historical recipes and detailed descriptions of dyeing processes by traditional dyers are quoted and explained in the light of modern science. Other current uses of such colorants, e.g. in medicine and for food and cosmetics, are also noted.
Although natural dyes have been replaced largely by synthetic dyes, increasing worldwide awareness of the harmful consequences of the pollution resulting from the production and use of some synthetic colorants has led to a significant revival and renewed interest in natural colorants. As potential renewable resources, natural dyes are an integral part of the major issue of our time - sustainable development. The aim of this book is to provide a scientific background for this important debate.
This authoritative resource is an expanded, corrected and updated translation of the award winning book Le Monde des Teintures Naturelles (Belin, Paris, 2003). It is aimed at dyers, scientists, designers, artists, weavers, spinners, curators, conservators and restorers, museums, research institutions...all those who have a professional or personal interest in, or passion for, colour.
...an encyclopaedic study of the craft and in particular the raw materials of dyeing...the photographs and reproduction are of excellent quality, and the layout and production make this large amount of material easy to navigate...Natural Dyes is the dyestuff equivalent of the Artists' Pigments series and The Pigment Compendium rolled in to one. It is a very impressive achievement and a very desirable book indeed. — ICON News (September 2007) 33-34
I opened this book and it was wonderful; marvellous illustrations, oceans of information, and enough chemistry to be useful. It is a beautiful source of new information, even on topics I considered familiar. — Biotechnic & Histochemistry 82(4-5) (2007) 275-276
The book is an indispensable reference work for dyers, designers, artists, conservators, restorers, curators, biotechnologists and textile producers. —Textile Forum 2 (2007) 38
'Long-awaited classic' may be a reviewer's cliché but it perfectly describes this book. Dominique Cardon is without doubt the world authority on natural dyes. — Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 224 (December 2007) 41
Among all the previous scholarship in the field - whether from the scientific, cultural, historical, or crafts-oriented perspectives, Natural Dyes brings together a depth of subject through its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary examination of the materials, along with its comprehensive scope...Natural Dyes is a reference book, a history book, and a scientific and technical manual...one can randomly open any page and find a whole world of information revealed. Cardon...has made an enormous contribution to the field. — JAIC 47 (2008) 150-152