Were the 16th century “saffron shirts” really dyed with expensive saffron? Or was it something else?
Did they use saffron in 16th century Ireland or did they use a native dyestuff. Some arguments on both sides.
A farmer near Dungiven, County Derry brought into the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery a suit of clothes that he found while digging peat on his farm. The clothing found consisted of a woolen semi-circular cloak, a jacket, tartan trews, and a leather belt