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Part One - the Art of Dyeing 1. Dyeing methods through the Ages 2. Mordants : Discovery and methods Part Two - Dye Plants 3. Reds, violets, oranges 4. Anthraquinone red 5. A yellow world : plants containing flavanoids 6. The flavanoids which do not dye yellow 7. The yellows which are not flavanoids 8. From Cockagne to the cowboys : indigo plants 9. Beiges, greys, blacks, browns : tannin plants 10. Lichens and mushrooms for dyeing Part Three - Purple from shells and Red from insects 11. Purple : indigo molluscs 12. Red 'worms' and anthraquinones Appendix Colourants and their chemical structures

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Dr. Dominique Cardon is Directrice de Recherche, CNRS Laboratoire d'Histoire et d'Archeologie, Lyons, France. Focusing on research into the history of dyeing and ancient textile techniques, she completed her academic training with technical apprenticeships with weavers and dyers in Ireland and Peru. She is currently involved in field missions and the study of archaeological textiles discovered in the Eastern desert of Egypt and in the Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang, China.

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