One of the world’s most advanced laboratories on the research and development of natural dyes has been established in Istanbul by the Turkish Cultural Foundation with generous support from ARMAGGAN
The Natural Dyes Research and Development Laboratory, DATU for its Turkish acronym, is headed by Dr. Recep Karadag, Scholar in Residence at TCF.
DATU link has been providing natural dye technical analysis services free of charge to museums and art institutions in Turkey and Azerbaijan. The technology and micro analysis techniques employed by DATU in analyzing tiny fiber samples from antique carpets and textiles serves the preservation and restoration of such antique holdings. DATU has already provided analytical services to the Topkapi Palace, Ayasofya Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Harbiye Military Museum, Konya Ethnographical Museum, Konya Mevlana Museum and the National History Museum of Azerbaijan. Holding one of the world’s largest natural dye plants collection, DATU also developed the capacity to recreate natural dye colors used in traditional Turkish weavings. The natural dye research and production process at DATU creates dyes which have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties and are free of toxins and carcinogens.
DATU reflects the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s mission to promote and preserve Turkey’s cultural heritage by creating a scientific inventory of natural dyes, contributing to the redevelopment of the natural dye production process, as well as spreading the use of natural dyes in textile production.
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