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Poster: Betty & David Eyer <Betty_and_David@compuserve.com>

Ok, in response to the llama question - why do you have to prove that the
hair is period if the method in which you prepare it is period?  

My interest is in dyeing.  Let's say that I do research in to sources for
natural dyes and find that in early period, Scots folks used the interior
bark and roots of certain trees that are not available here in the US to
produce really cool yellows.  So, what do I do with this knowledge?  I
can't afford a trip to Scotland and if I did, would I be arrested for
tresspassing if I went out in the woods and started stripping bark from
trees?  No, I think that I would try some sassafrass trees and treat them
the same way the ancient scots treated the larch (or whatever).  Then, when
I entered the A&S competition with my dyed llama wool, I would say that I
knew that sassafras and llama hair are not period, but I used them because
it was period to use such indiginous ingredients.  I would then document
the heck out of the process that I used to produce the sample.  

By the way, I would love to try to dye some llama hair if you ever spin any
and would like some of it in colors.  

Just a thought. 
Magdalena de Hazebrouck
Flemish and proud of it. 
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