Microchimica Acta

, Volume 162, Issue 3–4, pp 371–380 | Cite as

Towards the identification of characteristic minor components from textiles dyed with weld (Reseda luteola L.) and those dyed with Mexican cochineal (Dactylopius coccus Costa)

  • David A. PeggieEmail author
  • Alison N. Hulme
  • Hamish McNab
  • Anita Quye
Original Paper


The identity of a minor flavonoid component observed in extracts of textile samples dyed with weld (Reseda luteola L.) is confirmed as chrysoeriol (3′-O-methylluteolin) by HPLC-PDA analysis. HPLC-PDA, HPLC-MS and NMR techniques have been used to show that the unknown dcII component found in extracts of textiles dyed with Mexican cochineal (Dactylopius coccus Costa) is most probably the 7-C-glycoside of flavokermesic acid. In addition, the unknown dcIV and dcVII components have been shown to be isomeric with carminic acid, most probably differing only in the stereochemistry of the sugar moiety.

Keywords: Natural dyes; flavonoids; anthraquinones; historical textiles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Peggie
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alison N. Hulme
    • 1
  • Hamish McNab
    • 1
  • Anita Quye
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ChemistryThe University of EdinburghEdinburghU.K.
  2. 2.Conservation and Analytical Research DepartmentNational Museums ScotlandEdinburghU.K.

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