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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 …

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 …