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


A painting by the 16th century artist Jan Jansc Mostaert, displaying a figure who may be Christopher Le More. The figure dons a velvety red top and red cap. The painting is entitled "Portrait of an African Man." c. 1525-30. Used with permission.

This sumptuous red looks so luscious it can be described as tantalizing. The deepness of the red is given more depth with a touch of black which will add more dimension to your projects. The inspiration for this is from the 16th century artist Jan Jansc Mostaert and our inspiration in the painting may be Christopher le More.

The painting is entitled "Portrait of an African Man." c. 1525-30. Used with permission.

An open skein of yarn, dyed a deep, beautiful velvety red. Surrounded with various decor, such as red potpourri, red berries, and pink flowers. In the background, a picture of the subject of inspiration can be seen.
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A vibrant mustard yellow skein of yarn, opened up. Surrounded by yellow and blue decorative bowls, as well as bluepotpourri, gold gemstones, and diamonds.

This mustard yellow will work up gorgeously on its own or you can pair it up with greys, blues, reds and more. The inspiration for this deep mustard shade comes from the image of Yasuke who accompanied Italian missionaries who traveled to Japan. Yasuke became closely acquainted with a leading Japanese figure Oda Nobunaga, and Yasuke served as a retainer and weapon-bearer for Nobunaga. This mustard yellow is a strong statement, perfecftly reflecting what was probably the first known Black Samurai. 

The image comes from the Rinpa style ink-stone box (Suzuri-bako) from the 1590s. It is held in the Museo do Caramulo. Used with permission.

A painting of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. They're fully dressed in shiny, light blue armor and wield halberds. They wear large caps decorated with flamboyant feathers.

The light and airy powder blue is reminiscent of the attire of the figures in Jacob Claesz van Utrecht's Triptych image. These figures represent two helpers of Jesus, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who assisted him during the crucifixion stage of his life. The soft blue will look wonderful on its own or paired with Blue Knight, greys or even, Pink Desert Moor or a soft yellow in Seafarerer's Sand in this collection. 

The full painting is from 1513 and entitled Triptych with the Deposition from the Cross. Used with permission.

A close-up shot of soft, light blue yarn. It glistens with sparkles and is completely surrounded with feathers.
An open skein of vibrant, sparkly pink yarn, with slight variegation in the intensity of the color. Pink roses and potpourri can be seen in the background.
A sketch of the "Moor of Barbary." He dons a cool-looking dusty rose coat and hood, and leads a giraffe. The sketch is held in The Uffizi, Department of Print and Drawings. Used with permission.

This colorway is a soft blush pink with slight variation in the skein to give it depth and dimension. The inspiration comes from the Italian painter Jacopo Ligozzi entitled "Moor of Barbary". This soft pink would will work superbly with Balthazar's gift from the Medieval Collection or even soft blues, greys or teals from the 1700s collection.

The sketch is held in The Uffiz,i, Department of Print and Drawings. Used with permission.

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This light, sandy yellow color is for those who want a more muted but still vibrant yellow color. The inspiration were the tones of yellow and soft orange from this Black man's checkered outfit. He traveled great distances with the Portuguese to land in Japan where a Japanese artist painted this. The soft yellow will work up nicely on its own or pair it with John Blanke from the Medieval Collection or with greys or blues from the 1700s collection. 

This image is from a folding screen seal of Kano Naizen (1570-1616), c. 1606. You can find more info here

An open skein of yarn dyed a soft, sandy gold color. It's sparkly and slightly variegated. Surrounded with sparkly and gold decor, including a picture of the subject of inspiration.
A stunning silver skein of yarn, opened up in its full glory. It's slightly sparkly and incredibly flowy. Surrounded by purple and white decorative flowers.

The stunning deep grey is a perfect neutral color for any project. You can pair it with Zamor's silver colorway in the 1700s Collection or even match it up with some blues, reds, greens, pinks or yellows. This is a perfect neutral color and will work up gorgeously in sweaters and hats. Inspiration comes from St. Maurice's gorgeous deep silver armor.  

The manuscript image comesThe Pfirtsch Altar_ St. Maurice 1526 -30. Used with permission.


This jet black will go with any colorway and is a great neutral that will add depth to your projects. The lush and deep black is an essential neutral tone that will work so well on its own or mixed and matched with greys, warm or cool colors. Its rich and deep tone is inspired by Alessandro de'Medici (1510-1537) who was born to a Black mother, Simonetta da Collevecchio and his father was de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, Lorenzo II de' Medici (1492-1519). Alessandro was the last Medici from the senior line of the family to lead Florence, and is known as arguably the first Black head of state in the West.

The portrait of Alessandro de' Medici was painted between 1534-1535 by Italian painter Jacopo Pontormo. The image is in Philadelphia Museum of Art. Used with permission.


Neutrals are so versatile. Here we have an intense terracotta-like brown with orange undertones that reflect the robe that adorns Don Francisco de Arobe. Francisco was an Afro-Indian governor in Ecuador who was painted along with two of his sons to pay homage to him for his support for Spanish rule in 1599. His beautiful orange and brown robe inspires this tonal colorway that you can use on its own or pair up with a deep orange, red, green, black or even a gradient Theban from the medieval collection. The pairings are endless to create your own masterpiece. You can read more about Francisco here

The portrait of Francisco comes from a larger painting entitled "The Mulatto Gentlemen of Esmeraldas" by Sánchez Gallque, Andrés, 1599. Madrid, ESP, Museo de América. Used with permission.


This pastel medley has splashes of light sapphire and teal with light smokey grey and a dash of pale pink. A versatile, variegated colorway that is perfect for every season. You can use it on its own or mix it with some dark or light neutrals for an eye-catching piece. The colorway is inspired by King Balthazar's image in a 17th-century Flemish painter, David Teniers II the Younger’s “Adoration of the Kings.” 

Sold to a private buyer. This figure is from 17th-century Flemish painter, David Teniers II the Younger’s “Adoration of the Kings.”

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This beautiful softened turquoise has a slight teal tinge to it on one side of a skein and the other end is a soft tan. There is a light speckling of black and silver throughout just to give some dimension to your work. This beautiful colorway is based on Dom Francisco's son, Dom Pedro. 

The portrait of Pedro comes from a larger painting entitled "The Mulatto Gentlemen of Esmeraldas" by Sánchez Gallque, Andrés, 1599. Madrid, ESP, Museo de América. Used with permission.

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