Coloring yarn with natural pigments before the invention of aniline dyes. The three large pots hanging above an 1830s fire pit show some of the colors available from natural pigments, such as those produced from plants, minerals, and ground insect carapaces. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, an open-air museum, which preserves various buildings from around New England, represents a small town in the northeastern United States at 1830 after the Industrial Revolution has had a major effect upon farm and village life. Older technologies that had existed for millennia long continued useful. [Click on these images to enlarge them.]

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27 August 2014