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Turkey Red: espionage, trade & fashion
Fri 21 April 2017, 10:00 – 14:30 BST
When turkey red printed fabrics first arrived in Europe from India the reaction was immediate and incredible. This new colour red brought a feeling of the exotic which transcended generations from the C17th to today.
Find out how the race to discover the secret recipe for this colour saw the ruthless side of business deception and governmental espionage; how Scotland became one of the main producers and how why one Scottish company printed over 40,000 handkerchiefs a day to keep up with the overseas demand.
Day includes: two talks and two textile study sessions
Light refreshments will be provided.