In our group we are starting to think about what the characters will be wearing and so designing their clothes. I am trying to research fabric dyes that would have been available at the time. It was quite a limited pallette as dying didn't really take off until about 1850, which I found out in my last project, I have found this website very informative as it gives a timeline of dying, allowing you to see what was used at the time. We can see that in "1745, Indigo begins to be grown in England, after the Revolution when it became cheaper to import from the East Indies", so in 1751 it would have been a relatively new colour, maybe making it exclusive. Perhaps the pawnbroker in Gin Lane would be wearing it as he is the most wealthy in the scene.
I have also been reading "A History of Dyed Textiles" by Stuart Robinson which describes in the 1620s a Dutch chemist named Drebbel found a method of dying bright scarlet from tin-mordanted cochineal. The colour went to Paris in 1930 and Lonon in 1643. This was one of the first chemical dyes. Prior to this natural colours were sourced worldwide from herbs, fruits, wood and many more elements.
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