Sunday, August 23, 2015

California Golds

Chrome yellow is a mineral dye that was used to dye and print cottons from around 1820. An alkaline rinse in the final stages of the process would change the color to chrome orange. (The color could vary from school bus yellow to aged cheddar cheese.)
A fine printed line or a small design could appear almost butterscotch in color. These are often called ‘California Golds’ and were seen from 1840-1890. I remember at least the starting date for these prints...because of the San Francisco '49ers. (We are big football fans. Since we can rarely get a Bronco game here in MN, we are trying to change our colors!)

Dargate Polychromes

The orange/gold dye is also seen in a very dramatic way on a deep indigo blue background through out the 19th century and into the early 1900s.