The history of dyeing wool on Dartmoor is a long and fascinating one. For centuries, the people of Dartmoor have used natural dyes to color their wool, and the results are beautiful and unique.

One of the most common dyes used on Dartmoor was woad, which produces a deep blue color.  Other popular dyes include indigo, which produces a dark blue color, and cochineal (we no longer use this dye as its made from thousands of insects), which produces a bright red color.

The process of dyeing wool is a complex one, and it requires a great deal of skill and patience. First, the wool must be washed and carded. Then, it is dyed using a variety of natural materials, such as plants, insects, and shellfish. The wool is then dried and washed again, and the final product is a beautiful and unique piece of fabric.

The history of dyeing wool on Dartmoor is a rich and vibrant one, and it is a tradition that continues to this day. If you are ever lucky enough to visit Dartmoor, be sure to take some time to learn about this fascinating part of its history.

Here are some additional facts about the history of dyeing wool on Dartmoor:

  • The first recorded instance of dyeing wool on Dartmoor was in the 12th century
  • The wool trade was a major source of income for the people of Dartmoor for centuries
  • The wool trade declined in the 19th century, but there is a resurgence of interest in natural dyes in recent years
  • Visit our Exhibition to learn more about Dyeing on Dartmoor