Turkish red

Turkish red

'Turkey red’ refers to a complex cotton dyeing process that produced a bright, fast and washable shade of red. Turkey red (or Turkish red) is made from madder roots and was first developed in India and later expanded over the world. It's an example of early globalization.

In 2012 Studio Formafantasma's Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin presented the results of their research project, a collection of 17 silk textiles entitled BTMM1514 - Turkish Red. The project was on display as part of the Turkish Red & More exhibition.

Turkey red was a major industry in the Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire throughout the nineteenth century, employing thousands of workers and producing brightly coloured, well-designed and exotic fabrics that were sold throughout the world, from India and China, to North America and the West Indies. National Museums Scotland developed a website on Turkish red. On the website you find examples of textiles, information on the printing methods and on its' history.

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