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Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:30 pm
by Tony Tolliday
my youngest daughter has decided that her new dress for the coming season is going to be pink. igot her away from the idea of bright pink going for more dull pink.
i was wondering how accurate this is for our period (early 14th C to mid 15th C) after all isnt pink just faded red?
thanks for any help offered

Re: pink

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:38 pm
by Karen Larsdatter
There was a thread on this topic last spring:

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:23 am
by gregory23b

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:07 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
See I told you all that pink was this seasons green.

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:55 am
by Quayn
My only opinion is triple check with the more experienced cloth/dye people. after nearly a year of hunting for pink I've found only one sure thing, someone somewhere will say it's wrong.

It's one of those room dividers sort of like who likes marmite, as to what is and isn't a good pink colour, so just make sure with the people who know what they're doing. :D


Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:29 pm
by chrisanson
pink marmite???
you have got to be kidding!!!! :shock:

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:06 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
I go with you Quayn. I really like my pink hose but they do seem to attract and repel with equal measure. And yes everyone tells me you could not find pink as a colour though they were happy to accept my bright red hose.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:34 am
by frances
Of course they used pink. Madder (a plant) gives pink, and red, and rose, and pale pink etc etc. The poorer quality fabric, the cheaper, the more likely it would have been to be paler and/or fade in sunlight. So we all try to have deeper and strong colours if we are the posher sort of folk, and the more wishy-washy colours if we are the more peasanty types. Children could have been more likely to have hand-me-downs, so their colours would be less strong.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:23 am
by Quayn
Well I simply run everything past head of the group I'm in.... if it's good enough for them then I'm happy :D

Only reason I love pink for re-enactment is I can't wear it any other time... well not without getting strange looks.


Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:56 am
by gregory23b
"My only opinion is triple check with the more experienced cloth/dye people."

Absolutely right. Ideally get a sample swatch off them to make some sort of comparison.

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:38 pm
by Sledge
Pete has got hose which are pastel pink and custard yellow - and a very nice pink linen shirt to go with them.................... 8)

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:48 pm
by frances
Well, I think I like the sound of Pete!!

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:28 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
Clearly pink is not the exclusive colour I thought it was, time to go lilac I think.

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:52 pm
by MedicKitten
its not the shade that lends exclusivity, Marcus, its what ungodly combinations you can make with it! (think pink with screaming acid green and madder piping)

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:10 pm
by Quayn
I bought pink wool.... can't wait to find out how many people say it's

Seriously nice shade not too bright not too dark not too.... barbie.

I'll sort out a pic.

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:16 pm
by Sledge
For the record Pete is 6ft 4ins tall, and first wore pink and sage green hose at Tewkesbury some years ago - in the hopes of getting good scrap - sadly at the time it had the reverse effect!!!

But - he certainly does have a 'thing' about pink! :lol:

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:37 pm
by Quayn
I've found in my experience that 6ft 4 men tend to be able to wear whatever the hell they like :lol:


Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:38 pm
by MedicKitten
6ft 4 men tend to be able to wear whatever the hell they like

That does NOT mean that it's attractive!

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:14 pm
by frances
OOoo ...... 6' 4" wearing pretty colours!!
I've always said that someone should run a re-enactment introduction agency. (e-giggle)

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:32 pm
by Sledge
Lol! :lol: I'll let Pete know!! :twisted:

Sadly I don't have a piccy to hand of his colourful clothing. BTW - this pink attire doesn't only apply to re-enactment - over the past couple of weeks he has acquired a very nice Stade Francais rugby shirt with pink lillies on it (which is very odd as he's a Tigers fan), and a rather fetching pink linen (modern) shirt. :wink:

He also had some nice 'dark pink' boots for re-enactment, until they fell prey to the neatsfoot oil and they are now a decent shade of plum! 8)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:35 am
by Marcus Woodhouse
I have an old Juve shirt which was pink. I also find that not too many people pass coments upon supposed conotaions regarding men wearing pink (which would not bother me at all because I have a wife and three children to back me up if I ever felt the need to defend my sexuality) when I am carrying a sword or a halberd. Funny that.


Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:23 am
by sisterwulfe69*
As francis rightly said depending on temperature madder will give several shades of pink as well as red. Other plant's will also give pinks including blaeberries, brambles and elder I believe. :)