AboutOnce used to colour fabrics worn by David Livingstone, slaves in the West Indies and even
cowboys in the Wild West, Turkey-red dye is now an almost forgotten aspect of our textile heritage.
Introduced to the West of Scotland in 1785, its production in the Vale
of Leven dominated world exports well into the 20th century. The
distinctive vivid red was particularly popular in India, Indonesia and
China where it was used in lively designs incorporating peacocks,
elephants, tigers, dancing girls and flowers.
Created by Liz Arthur and Lindsay Taylor, this is the first major
exhibition to focus on the fascinating story of Turkey-red, through
textiles, sample books, wood blocks and art work.