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Iron Black Dyes

The easi­est col­ours to dye leath­er in medi­ev­al times were brown and black. Those are by far the most com­mon col­ours for shoes in art­work I have looked at, but I haven’t done a numer­ic ana­lys­is of foot­wear col­our by art and peri­od yet. Leath­er tanned by the medi­ev­al pro­cess in pits of …

What tal­low does to dyed leath­er

Here is a quick look at the dif­fer­ence apply­ing some tal­low to dyed leath­er can make. This is a pair of early 16th cen­tury style low shoes I’ve been work­ing on, they’re my first ever right-side-out las­ted and wel­ted shoes so don’t look at them too closely. Neither shoe has fasten­ings yet. …