- Historic Period: Around 4,000 BCE – Ancient Egypt
Dyeing was a massive part of the ancient world. For the first time, clothing among other items was able to be given different coloring. How did they manage to dye anything back then? Well, they did it in a few ways. Yet the most notable is using specific plants and minerals that would create various colors. Fabrics and other materials could then be soaked and slowly the dyeing process would take place. The oldest known recording we have of something being dyed was in 4,000 BCE in ancient Egypt. However, it is likely the most notable in this field would be the Phoenicians, who were at the center of the purple dye trade. Their city of Tyre led to the name given to their purple color, known as “Tyrian Purple” which came from a local sea snail. Their fabrics were highly valued and considered the stuff of royalty.