Difference between revisions of "Purple dye"
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were few sources purple . Chief were shellfish purples ([[tyrian purple]] and [[kermes]]) which were bright dark purples (perhaps rather more in tone than modern purples)pink/mauve from [[lichen]] ([[orchil]]), which , but less colourfast.
also [[period brown]].
Revision as of 12:27, 21 August 2003
There were few period sources for purple dye. Chief among the possible sources were shellfish purples (tyrian purple and kermes) which were bright dark purples (perhaps rather more reddish in tone than modern purples). Pale pink/mauve could be derived from lichen (orchil), which had better availability, but was less colourfast.
See also period brown.