Of plants used for dyeing, the principal are bastard saffron, madder, woad and the indigo plant.
Isatis affords a blue dye, woad.
There was a Brazilian woman who mainly used her allotment to grow plants to dye cloth: woad, madder and dyer's chamomile.
Burnett's garments in Well Fashioned have been hand dyed using natural indigo, derived from the woad plant.
Indian indigo prevailed slowly over woad based on its better dyeing properties and deeper color.
The Frome process used woad, a blue dye associated with Brits since Caesar visited.
Brandishing spears, swords, or stolen swords, their skin patterned with blue woad to frighten thei enemy.
The constant use of chicory for coffee, and of woad for indigo, was apt to produce a reaction in favour of a humdrum peaceful policy; and yet, by a recent imperial decree, Frenchmen had the prospect of seeing the use of the new and imperfectly made beet sugar enforced from the 1st of January 1813, after which date all cane sugar was excluded as being of British origin.
Isatis - A small group of perennials, with little garden value; the Dyers Woad, a native plant (Isatis tinctoria) is interesting as yielding the blue dye with which the ancient Britons painted their bodies.
Of dye-stuffs there are produced henna (Lawsonia iijermis) principally grown at Khabis near Kermn, woad and madder; a small quantity of indigo is grown near Dizfu and Shushter.
The only industrial plants were flax and the dye-plants, chief among which were woad and rud, roid (a kind of bed-straw?).
Among the vegetable products not yet mentioned the most important are the mulberry, grown in almost all provinces, but principally in those bordering on the Mediterranean, and above all in Valencia, the chief seat of the Spanish silk production and manufacture; tobacco, which is also imported, hemp and flax, grown chiefly in Galicia and other northern provinces; among dye-plants, madder, saffron, woad (Isatis tinctoria), and wild woad or dyers weed (Reseda luteola); ground-nuts (Arachis hypogaea), grown for their oil, for the preparation of which the nuts are exported in considerable quantity to France; liquorice, cummin, colocynth, &c. Esparto, chiefly from the arid lands of the south-east, is largely exported to Great Britain.
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