Scarlet Red

Take 3 ounces of finely pulverized brazilwood and four quarts of strong vinegar. Let the brazilwood sit overnight in the vinegar. Pour in 6 quarts of water and let it boil down by one-third. Put in one-half pound of alunite, pour through a sieve. You can dye with it or paint or write. Or: Take 4 ounces of alunite and 2 ounces of Saccharine alum, 3 ounces of Brazil wood. Extract the brazil for two days in white wine. Set it afterwards on a brisk fire, and when it begins to boil, put in the alum, finely ground. When it has boiled a while, strain it and dye with it.

Citation Type  Fabric Dye Recipe
Citation Year 1677