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Natural Iron Overdye
For as long as there has been a human story, it’s been told with iron oxide pigments. Those who painted the caves at Lascaux, some 17,000 years ago, brought mammoths to life with the oxide ocher. The Renaissance was made possible not just by hands of Great Masters, but by their apprentices, who would dutifully infuse linseed oil with oxides umber and sienna. And when Jacques-Louis David painted 'The Coronation of Napoleon,' he chose ferric oxide to render the ambitious upstart’s red robes.
It is the volatile nature of iron oxides that make for such dynamic, lifelike color. Sadly, most dyestuffs today use synthetic pigments with all the consistency needed for a balanced spreadsheet, but without the deep, rich voice that can spin a good yarn. As with our Natural Indigo Overdye, we have developed a dye specifically to take advantage of the intrinsic qualities Horween’s Chromexcel Roughout leather, but this time with a combination of natural iron oxides. A dark and earthy base color allows natural highlights within the roughout nap to surface and grow more prominent with wear. It won’t take long before your boots have a story of their own to tell.