Max Hamrick of Colonial Williamsburg

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Fiber dyeing brightened the lives of the citizens of 18th-century America in places like Williamsburg, Virginia.

Here’s Max Hamrick, Colonial Williamsburg’s personable fiber dyer and weaver. Max talks about his book Organic Fiber Dyeing and about the use of Brazilwood, annatto, fustic, turmeric, madder, logwood, cochineal (dried insects, it’s true!), and more, keeping true to traditional 18th century dyes.

Max Hamrick’s new book, Organic Fiber Dyeing: The Colonial Williamsburg Method, is available HERE. It’s a beautifully-photographed trip through time into the fiber-rich history of colonial America, including authentic botanical recipes using easily-obtained ingredients.

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