Colors of 16th-Century Hosen

“Pinks, beiges and flesh tints.”

Italian hose, 1500-1510)

Italian hose, 1500-1510)

Doe’s Belly

Brown Bread

Merry Widow

Amorous Desire


Lost Time

Sad Friend

Monkey’s Smile

Dying Monkey

Mortal Sin

Colour of Hell

Sick Spaniard

and my personal favorite:  Resuscitated Corpse

This is not quite our period, (the image is), but I just can’t resist. These are the names of colors given to hose in a dyer’s advertisement from Neufchateau in Lorraine, (printed in 1607), according to “A History of Hand Knitting” by Richard Rutt, Bishop of Leicester, (pub. B T Batsford Ltd, 1989.)


When Fabric was Art


Silk cut pile on pile velvet with brocading and bouclé wefts, Venice (?), first half of the sixteenth century.
Civici Musei Veneziani d’Arte e di Storia. Cini Collection, Venice

Some lovely textiles here (including the one above)

or have a reproduction woven for you here.