Merton Abbey Dye

TREASURE DESCRIPTION: A handwritten ledger detailing the dye recipes needed for each of William Morris’ colour printed fabric designs. Created by William Morris between 1882 and 1891.

The dye recipes documented serve as a visual reference to the painstaking process of Morris’ fabric dyeing and printing. It represents a hugely important contribution to art and craft history as well as to the textile industry itself. It is unfortunate that this wonderful book is not available to view in the UK, the place in which it was created. One can only imagine the labour and love that went into it.

These treasures were made as part of The Building Exploratory, Wandle Treasures project. This project was part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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