In the last quarter of the 18th century, Professor Jacob Seydelmann of Dresden developed a process to extract and produce a more concentrated form for use in watercolors and oil paints.
It has been suggested that the actual skin color of most black people would be most accurately represented by the color sepia.
There is a magazine for African-Americans called Sepia, which was started in 1947.
Sepia ink was commonly used as writing ink in classical times.
Sepia tones are used in photography; the hue resembles the effect of aging in old photographs and photographs chemically treated for archival purposes, an effect sometimes created by purpose. Many digital cameras include a sepia tone effect as well.