Vermillion- Pigments- Merino, Sari Silk, Mulberry Silk & Llama. 100g

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Soft, shiny, with lots of beautiful texture from the Sari Silk. 

 Vermillion is made from the naturally occurring mineral cinnabar. This is the main source of the metal mercury. The natural mineral is relatively scarce, and in Roman times supplies were strictly controlled. This led to people developing methods to make vermillion. By mixing sulphur and mercury in a tightly sealed jar the chemicals reacted together. This had to be done with extreme caution as the mercury fumes, if they escaped, were extremely poisonous. The colour was incredibly popular with artists all over the world. Leonardo da Vinci sometimes used it as a grounding layer in his paintings, Rubens also used it. The colour is truly astonishing in tempera and lacquerwork, often used in Chinese art. A 1347 painting by Chao Yung shows a man wearing a vermillion red coat, and the red is as vibrant now as the day it was painted. 

Colour Description- Orange Red with streaks of gold and brown. 

This range of fibres will use the same fibre composition, and the collection will rotate through different colours and collections over time. Some colours will be restocked, and others may be temporary to allow space for other colours. Even if a colour is restocked the nature of the sari silk means it's unlikely that the next batch will be the same "dye lot". If consistency is going to be vital for your project please bear this in mind.


12.5% Llama,
12.5% Sari Silk,
12.5% Mulberry Silk,
62.5% Merino


Hand wash only. 

All these fibres, with the exception of the recycled sari silk have been professionally dyed to Okeo-Tex 100 certification. Sari silk can sometimes be prone to colour bleeding, caution is advised on the first wash. 

Established in 2011, Hilltop Cloud is run, and owned by Katie Weston. I live in rural mid-Wales and spend my days surrounded by colour, and beautiful fibre. I think I have the best job in the world and am really happy to be able to share what I create.

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