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Purple dyes were much prized as few sources of purple were availible. Chief amoung them were shellfish purples ([[tyrian purple]] and [[kermes]]) which were bright dark purples (perhaps rather more redish in tone than modern purples) and also pale pink/mauve from [[lichen]] ([[orchil]]), which was much more available, but also much less colourfast. see also [[period brown]].
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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.  
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See 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.