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May 26, 2011


–the colour of legends. Trade in  rare, expensive shellfish purple changed the history of many nations. Always considered a luxury colour it was worn by the highest ranking members of society.

wisteria, lilac, iris, violets and lavender to name a few

abundant in the plant world, they do not give up their colour often or easily.


in 1856, 18-year-old Henry Perkin discovered the first aniline dye while attempting to create artificial quinine. Named mauveine it changed the history of dyes and colour.

besides purple from molluscs, it can be obtained from some lichens, fungi and from logwood. 


purple has been considered a symbol of piety, the colour associated with Lent. Also the colour of superstition, darkness, death and nobility.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2011 4:20 am

    and it is also said that it is the color which weavers prefer most.
    fab photos!


    • May 28, 2011 9:50 am

      velma, neki – all the shades of purple from red to blue are so expressive, I had a great time doing the colour posts. May continue with naturals etc.


  2. May 27, 2011 3:52 am

    the top picture is so great. i can only assume you had a fine time assembling objects and writing this piece. very, very fine. and so serendipitous, mr perkins, really!


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