Aiding the woad
growers in their opposition to logwood was the lack of colorfastness in logwood dyed fabrics.
provided Europe's indigo-blue dye until it was usurped by stronger imported tropical indigo better suited to dyeing Indian cottons when these became fashionable.
, the blue dye plant, has benefited from grants to research scientists, and is close to success in offering modernised growing and processing procedures that will make a blue ink for bubble jet printers.
They point out that woad
production can provide farmers with a new source of income at a time when returns from traditional sources are plunging.
from Toulouse, or else from the other main centres of production in Picardy or Thuringia, was one of many commodities traded in by Gilbert Maghfeld, Chaucer's creditor.
Cloth hangings are coloured with vegetable dyes such as madder, woad
The Castros became identified in Burgos with the importation into Spain of English woolen cloth; the Bernuys made fortunes from the blue dyestuff, woad
, which they purchased in Toulouse and sold in Spain, and indeed they served as the revivers of the Toulouse woad
industry in the absence of local entrepreneurs; the Quintanaduenas family exported Spanish wool to a developing market in Rouen and then shipped Rouen's woolen and linen cloth, as well as miscellaneous other products, to many locations, including Spain and the New World.
Seeds from dyer's woad
secrete a toxin that inhibits the growth of other vegetation.
Sara explained the background to the project: "In medieval times, when the house was built, Coventry was a centre for the weaving trade and the city was best known for its fine woad
dyed blue cloth, 'Coventry Blue.
Here's gentian violet, the woad
of the ancient Britons.
Wallace was not a yeoman and certainly never wore either the plaid or woad
, lady's bedstraw and dyer's greenweed were all used by Ancient Britons to dye their clothes and themselves.
Cloth stained with woad
came out a pale blue, roughly the colour of a Coventry City footballer's shirt.
In medieval times most the city's wealth was based on the trade in blue pastel dye extracted from local woad
HAPPY: With wife Jane WOAD
WAGE: Jonathan Ross in his pounds 30,000 Morgan car