At left, the two sets of fabric samples were mordanted with alum before adding to the safflower dyebath. The silk and wool became yellow, the cotton remained undyed. At right, after washing the yellow coloring material out of the coloring source, safflower will color silk and cotton light red or pink in an alkaline dyebath.

From The creation of color in eighteenth-century Europe by Sarah Lowengard

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  • European: 1400-1800
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  • Wool, silk and cotton samples dyed with safflower (Carthamus tinctorius). At left, the two sets of fabric samples were mordanted with alum before adding to the safflower dyebath. The silk and wool became yellow, the cotton remained undyed. At right, after washing the yellow coloring material out of the coloring source, safflower will color silk and cotton light red or pink in an alkaline dyebath.