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Dye plant sample; Impatiens pallida; Vincennes, Indiana; 1882

Dye plant sample; Impatiens pallida; Vincennes, Indiana; 1882

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Dye plant sample; Impatiens pallida; Acquired from the Indians of Vincennes, Indiana, in 1882. Original cataloging reads: "Yellow Dye Plant. - The wild Lady Slipper, Impatriens pallida, The entire plant boiled in water with the addition of copperas produces a fine, yellow color for cotton or woolen fabrics. From the Indians of Vincennes, Indiana, 1882. 57,603. Collected by Dr. E. Palmer." on object tag.
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Object Name
fiber sample
natural dye sample
date made
ca. 1882
place made
United States: Indiana, Vincennes
overall: jar: 10 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 26.035 cm x 11.43 cm
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catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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