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