WOAD

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Woad (Isatis tinc­to­ria) was the dom­i­nant blue dye in Europe un­til indigo was im­ported into Europe in larger quan­ti­ties. Soft baby blues to rich blues can be ob­tained from the leaves, de­pend­ing on the strength of the dye vat. An olive dye can be pro­duced from the seeds. The leaves are har­vested in the first year, the seeds in the sec­ond.

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