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Medieval Fabric Dyers
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Published: November 30, 2013
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I wanted to design a small, family owned dying factory in medieval times, powered by waterwheels. I dont believe anything like this existed and there is very little reference about the trade, so nearly all of what you see is fictional.
The family makes their own red dye from the abundance of berries on their estate, and uses the waterwheels to elevate water into the building through a series of halfpipes, and drain the water back into the river after it has been used for washing fabric.
In medieval times the fabric dyers would soak fabric in giant vats of dye, and constantly stir it with big wooden sticks; I designed a low tech mechanism powered by the same waterwheel to stir the fabric in the vats in a similar fashion as it would have been done manually.
Historically, fabric dyers had a very dangerous job, as their work consisted not only of washing and dying the fabrics, but of making the dyes and inks themselves out of plants and berries - many of which were lethal if handled, inhaled or ingested. Regardless, they were still paid very little.

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Sounds like a shitty Job in the Description, but this Artwork is very beautiful ;)
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i love it!
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i like it!
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Can I use this on a youtube video? Which may later be commercialized?
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TheyellowbellHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this Im homesick and this made me instantly feel like home again with my family only the people have fox tails and ears.....I miss my home...its from another world....it was just like this...thanks for taking me back to such a peaceful place....
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this is really cool !!
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Excellent artwork!
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This is a lovely piece, showing an everyday and humble, yet quietly beautiful, part of a medieval fantasy world. I love the little touches of life throughout, the birds arising from the rooftop in the background, the plump sleek fish with resemble Japanese koi in the river. And the invitingly quaint cottages and bridge. Beautiful.
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Fantastic work. So much detail to take in. Top marks to you. 
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This is absolutely fantastic! It's clear that you're very dedicated to what you do :)
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The amount of detail is amazing.
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BillyNikollHobbyist General Artist
I applaud you for your fine craft! Clap 
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frostykeyhatterStudent Traditional Artist
I love all the life this scene conveys. The lighting is exquisite
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I'm glad you like it :)
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Gorgeous work here. Top marks.
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How can I hire this amazing artist for a job?
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Hi Andre,

You can contact me at rhysgriffithsdesign@gmail.com.

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i'm glad you likelikelike it!
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