Dye label with an illustrated depiction of male laborers dyeing fabrics with Persian indigo dye in a setting reminiscent of Islamic architecture. The illustration may be intended to evoke Persian indigo dye workers in Iran, where indigo dye was utilized for centuries. Decorative border includes the Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik (BASF) trademark insignia.
Founded in 1865, Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik (BASF) was once the largest chemical factory in the world. Based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the company first concentrated on the manufacture of synthetic dyestuffs. Key breakthroughs came in the form of the industrial production of synthetic indigo (1897) and the discovery of the indanthrene dyes (1901). Aniline dyes determined much of the firm's business. The company primarily advertised by submitting its products for awards at regional and international industrial trade fairs, especially world's fairs.
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“Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik Dye Label with Persian Indigo Dye Workers.” Dye transfer print. Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany: Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik, circa 1900. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/pn89d780h.
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