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Anna E. Tretyakova

Valentin V. Safonov

Viktoriya D. Konstantinova 

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Anna E. Tretyakova — DSc in Technology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Restoration and Chemical Processing of Materials, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Malaya Kaluzhskaya St., 1, 119071 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0124-3755. E-mail: bullhund@rambler.ru

Valentin V. Safonov — DSc in Technology, Professor, Head of the Department of Restoration and Chemical Processing of Materials, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Malaya Kaluzhskaya St., 1, 119071 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2821-2120. E-mail: safonov-vv@rguk.ru

Viktoriya D. Konstantinova — Student, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Malaya Kaluzhskaya St., 1, 119071 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7752-760X. E-mail: viktorinkakonst@mail.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 57


pp. 271-281


December 17, 2019

Date of publication

September 28, 2020



Index UDK


Index BBK

85.101 + 85.103


Color and tradition are closely interrelated in any ethnic culture. The source of color throughout human history has been natural dyes of animal and plant origin. Isolation of historical development of the peoples of Asia, Europe and Africa, both on a geographical and on a time scale, divides the color perception of people — the same color being interpreted differently. There was an entire philosophy and symbolism involved, incorporating the concept of color. The geographical location is connected to the climatic belt, and thus to the peculiarities of the source of natural dye raw materials. The disadvantage of any natural dye is its lack of resistance on the fabric – it blooms out. Bright and saturated colors are expensive due to the small amount of raw materials and difficulty of production (purple, kermes, saffron, etc.). It was only as late as in the 19th century that synthetic dyes appeared, dramatically expanding the color range and the ability to paint a variety of products. Synthetic dyes, unlike natural dyes, are quite firmly fixed on the material, are cheap and accessible, and this factor has allowed synthetic dyes to be used everywhere. However, the use of natural dyes due to environmental conservation is now steadily reviving. An ecoprint may serve as one example of such trends allowing for a variety of patterns on textile materials.


ethnos, natural dyes, color, clothing, ecoprint.


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