Saturday, 3 September 2011

Did You know?... Indian Yellow

Marguerite, the Cow
graphite sketch by Estelle Rocca-Serra
Did you know that the Indian Yellow pigment was originally produced from cow’s wee…?

The cows, from Monghyr in India, were fed on mango leaves and little water, their concentrated urine would be collected on the earthy ground, made into balls and let to dry. 3 liters of urine are said to have yielded 35g of pigment.

In 1921, this very cruel treatment of the cows was banned, and since then we are using a synthetic pigment instead.

Marguerite approves!

Stay tuned…

Source: The Materials and Techniques of Painting (Kurt Wehlte)

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