Kannattaa sitten katsoa, mitä tilaa: ennen tuota simppeliotsikkoista Indigo-kirjaa Balfour-Paul on kirjoittanut kirjan Indigo in the Arab World, jonka hinta on vaihdellut kaupoissa 150 ja 180 euron välillä... Aiempi kovakantinen painos tuosta simppelimmästäkin maksanee lähes 60 euroa.
History lessons taught us that the ancient Britons had a secret weapon when it came to frightening off invaders. Even Julius Caesar remarked upon it, 'All the Britons dye themselves with woad, which makes them a sky blue colour and thereby more terrible to their enemies'. The blue dye is found in Northern Europe and now, in the 21st century, it may become economically important again, both as a natural dye for the textile industry and as an alternative crop for hard-pressed farmers.
Samalla BBC Radio 4 -kanavalla lähetetään sarjaa Making History ja myös siinä ohjelmassa on käsitelty värimorsingon historiaa - jakso on nimetty samalla idearikkaalla tyylillä. Tällä kertaa toimittajat vierailevat norfolkilaisella tilalla. Tämä ohjelma on uudempi, viime toukokuulta.
Woad has been grown in Britain since the Neolithic and is mentioned by Julius Caesar around 54 BC in The Conquest of Gaul (De Bello Gallico):
"The population is exceedingly large, the ground thickly studded with homesteads ... and the cattle very numerous ... hares, fowl, and geese they think it unlawful to eat, but rear them for pleasure and amusement... Most of the tribes do not grow corn but live on milk and meat, and wear skins. All the Britons dye their bodies with woad, which produces a blue colour, and this gives them a more terrifying appearance in battle. They wear their hair long, and shave the whole of their bodies except the head and the upper lip. Wives are shared between groups of ten or twelve men."
Commercial production of woad probably began in Anglo-Saxon times, but it was after the 13th century that the industry really took off with the demand for dyes from the cloth export trade.
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