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The dye vat

<p>Dye Vat, 19th Century</p>

Dye Vat, 19th Century

The dye vat was used to dye fabric and skeins. It consisted of a rectangular wooden vat with a perforated double lining; a coil, where cold water entered, and a steam spout that heated the dye bath. The discovery of alizarin, by Groebe and Lubermann in 1969, meant that chemical dyes were introduced, gradually replacing natural ones.

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