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The inspiration for our skeins comes from
People of Color in historical
manuscripts and paintings.
 

1700s COLLECTION 

A painting by Louis-Benet Zamor. He dons a shiny, regal silver top with white ruffles. The painting is by Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754 – 1820), Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest, 1785. Cummer Museum. Used with permission.

A shimmery silver-grey tone that will work well as a gorgeous neutral tone or serve as a beautiful solid with accented variegated yarn. This colorway reflects the Bangladeshi Black boy Louis-Benet Zamor's splendid silver top

Read more about this incredible French revolutionary here

The painting is by Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754 – 1820), Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest, 1785. Cummer Museum. Used with permission.

A luminous, satin silver yarn. The skein is spread out over a photo of the painting itself, and surrounded with decorative purple and pink flowers.
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An open skein of yarn dyed a luscious, sparkly teal. Decorated with pearl necklaces.
A painting of a Black girl looking straight ahead. She dons a shint teal dress adorned with white lace and pearls. She wears a lace bonnet and holds an orange plant. She neither smiles nor frowns. The painting's artist is Jeremias Schultz who was most likely born in Berlin and ended up in The Netherlands. Although the beautiful figure in the painting is unknown, the title of the painting is "Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom." 1722/23. Used with permission.

This near solid shade picks up on the rich teal of the dress of the figure who inspired the colorway. Her soft silk dress reflects this delicious teal tone that will work up like a dream. Work with it on its own or pair it with a silver or Tranquil Teal to create a mix of solids and gradients from the same palette.   

The painting's artist is Jeremias Schultz who was most likely born in Berlin and ended up in The Netherlands. Although the beautiful figure in the painting is unknown, the title of the painting is "Portrait of a Lady Holding an Orange Blossom." 1722/23. Used with permission.

A portrait of a Black man looking to the right. He wears a white silk turban with soft yellow accents. His jacket is a muted, soft yellow-green with much tonal variation. A silver shackle is around his neck. This portrait image is from c. 1697-1700. Used with permission.

The soft variegated colorway contains a muted green that has undertones of golden yellow to add depth and dimension. A beautiful green palette that would work up nicely if paired with Green Theban from the Medieval Collection or even a grey. The inspiration for Noble Golden Green comes from the "Portrait de Jeune Noir Avec Arc" (The Young Man with a bow), by the Catalan-French painter Jacint Rigau-Ros i Serra.  

This portrait image is from c. 1697-1700. Used with permission.

An open skein of yarn, dyed a muted leaf green with gold undertones. Spread out and adorned with gold ribbon and white tulips. Surrounded with various decor, such as silver beading, green spruce leaves, and a green decorative bowl.
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Bellissimo Burnt Orange

The rich orange tone is a blend of burnt orange with a splash of pumpkin orange. The inspiration is pulled from this gorgeous portrait of this Black man by French painter Maurice Quentin de la tour. Why not pair it with Blue Knight or Domes Day Man?

Portrait is called "Portrait of a Negro Buttoning His Shirt." c. 1741. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva. Used with permission.

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This gradient yarn will give you a beautiful tonal teal colorway from a deep teal that fades into a soft white. The inspiration comes from the French painter Francois Dagobert Jouvenet's portrait of "Le capitaine de vire-du-liron-de-montivers aux Indes". The little brown boy in the background is our inspiration and focal point. Taken from his homeland, we admire the inner strength he exuded even in this portrait.  

This image is taken from here. It' was painted in 1750.

Two skeins of yarn, both dyed vibrant teal gradients. One is spread out, and the other is wrapped up; beside the display is a picture of the aforementioned Black boy. Pearls and blue gemstones surround it.
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This simple neutral colorway is inspired by this beautiful African attendant of the princess of Zanzibar. Her name is unknown, but our attention is turned to her. The creamy off-white color is the perfect neutral that will go with just about anything and doesn't have the harshness of a plain white. Perfect for projects that call for or work with  softer whites or off-whites that don't have strong yellow tones. There is a little variation in the skein to reflect the light hitting the more intense cream, which will give depth to your projects. 

Portrait by Walter Frier, 1731. The extended painting that depicts two women was sold at auction to a private collector. Read more here

The solid colorway is inspired by Don Miguel de Castro, Emissary of Kongo, c. 1643. The deep, earthy brown color with slight tonal variation for depth and complexity to the skein is a wonderful neutral tone. Beautiful on its own and even better paired up with gradients and speckled yarn. 

Portrait in São Paulo Museum of Art. Used with permission.

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This multi-tone colorway is predominantly light chestnut brown with a golden yellow addition that adds some dimension to each skein, and creates a warm caramel color. The complex colorway is completed with a slight burnt orange undertone. It's a gorgeous warm colorway that will work up wonderfully as sweaters, scarves, hats, and more. The inspiration is pulled from this little Black Page's jacket with shimmery golden lacework that borders the coat, and the deep orange reflected in their headwrap.  

Painting attributed to the French painter, Antoine Pesne, c. 1710. The portrait is entitled: Portrait of a black page with a white parrot. Sold at auction to a private collector by Sothebys

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A blend of deep ecru and fawn create this wonderful neutral tone that will add warmth to your project without intense yellow undertones. Think creamy beige that is deeper than ivory. This colorway is inspired by one of several Black figures painted into Italian painter, Giambattista Tiepolo's 1744 painting. The figure's sandy brown tunic provides the inspiration for this warm neutral blend.

From the Banquet of Cleopatra by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo , 1744. National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Used with permission.

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Sometimes a project needs a slightly off-white color to add an extra richness and simplicity. This natural fiber is treated and washed, ready to be worked without any added color. You can either dye it yourself or work with it as a soft eggshell neutral to balance out any color whether it's a solid, variegated, gradient, or speckled. Our inspiration is taken from the rich but simple off-white robe, jacket, and turban that adorns this young Black man in a c. 1760s painting. 

From the Italian painter, Alessandro Longhi's Portrait of a Young Black man, c. 1760s. In private collection. 

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This gorgeous earthy colorway is designed in a palindrome style so that the various green shades fade out on both ends to a tan and a light golden brown with hints of golden yellow. Each skein is comprised of deep foresty greens with a splash of kelly green as an undertone that blends out into the brownish tan. Think of a forest or pastoral land and this colorway is much like that. Great for sweaters, socks, blankets and more. This reflects the earthy tones of Pedro Sunda's outfit and his horn. 

From KMS8 Ubekendt a portrait of Pedro Sunda, a Servant of Dom Miguel de Castro, produced between 1641-45. Used with permission. 

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Peach Blush

This soft peach solid color has a soft pink undertone. The inspiration comes from the late 18th-century "Portrait of a Young Woman" with her delicate peach dress and the soft light pink of her headwrap. The pretty pastel peach would work well with other warm colors like yellow, orange, pink, red, or neutrals like white, grey, or black. Perfect for blankets, sweaters, baby items, and toys. 

Portrait is called "Portrait of a Young Black Woman." formerly attributed to Swiss-French painter Jean-Etienne Liotard. (mid 1700s). St. Louis Art Museum. Used with permission.

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King Kaleb Burgundy 

This is a deep burgundy solid tone inspired by the robe worn in a later depiction of  6th-century Ethiopian saint, King Kaleb (St. Elesbaan). The Brazilian painting from 1756 honors this incredible warrior king in his rich robe and saintly look. There is a light brown overtone to deepen the burgundy and give a more accurate comparison to King Kaleb's robe. This colorway is rich and great for all seasons. Make something on its own or pair it up with silvers, browns, and other neutrals.  

Painting is from 1756 and was created to accompany Father Ginés Riquelme's novena (a worship & prayer service).  The image is a Public Domain image.

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Armored Indigo

A gorgeous deep Indigo that's great for any season and works well with so many other colors, blues, pinks, greys, greens oranges, yellows and more! This tonal solid is a stunning color. It's an intense version of Candescence Indigo, if you want to pair up lighter and darker shades in the same family. This is inspired by a Black figure on a German coat-of-arms. 

Detail from the Hofpfalzgrafen Coat of Arms. Heidelberg University Library, Cod. Sal IX. 58, f,115r (c. 1623-31).

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The colorway is a beautiful soft tonal green with blue undertones on one side and a light flamingo pink that fades into the middle. It's a beautiful green/pink blend that will work up beautifully on its own or paired with other colors like black, grey, creams, pinks or even Pale Green Knight. Inspiration comes fro the 18th-century painting by German-born George Christoph Grooth's "Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna on Horseback with a Negro Boy." 

"Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna on Horseback with a Negro Boy" by Georg Cristoph Grooth, 1743. Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

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