“Wild Grape Dye”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A traditional woodsman wringing burgandy grape dye out of a linen shirt.

A bumper crop of wild grapes begged another wilderness classroom session. A kettle full of mashed grapes resulted in a gorgeous wine color. The trading-post hunter’s caped linen shirt dried to a deep burgundy color, but alas, the red did not bind fast to the fibers and washed/faded out in a short while. Another lesson learned in the Old Northwest Territory, not far from the River Raisin, in the Year of our Lord, 1797…

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