Dyestuff Analysis

Analysis of dyestuffs is carried out on a microscopic scale with no destruction to source material. The dyestuffs used on a historical piece can be identified using just a one-milligram sample. After the nature of the dyestuff is determined, data which give clues to its period and provenance are obtained.

Chemical formula and three-dimensional spectral analysis of the yellow color of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror’s caftan (Inventory no. 15/6) in the Topkapı Palace Museum.