To dye blacke silke or veluet.

Yee shall first soke your silke in gall water an houre long, and then let it drie, then shall ye lay it in the lye of saeche meale, (so called in dutch) and with ashes of vines, and lay it therein xii hours or more, then let it drie wel, and after ye must seeth it in blacke die two or three times till that ye thinke it be faire ynough.

Citation Type  Fabric Dye Recipe
Citation Year 1602