Purple is the color of royalty and it came to be so because the pigment used to create the color purple (derived from a sea snail called the spiny dye-murex) was so arduous to source that only the very rich could afford to purchase fabric of that color. The process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive. Thousands of the tiny snails had to be found, their shells cracked, the snail removed. Mountains of empty shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre. The snails were left to soak, then a tiny gland was removed and the juice extracted and put in a basin, which was placed in the sunlight. There a remarkable transformation took place. In the sunlight the juice turned white, then yellow-green, then green, then violet, then a red which turned darker and darker. The process had to be stopped at exactly the right time to obtain the desired color, which could range from a bright crimson to a dark purple, the color of dried blood. Then either wool, linen or silk would be dyed. The exact hue varied between crimson and violet, but it was always rich, bright and lasting (Anne Varichon, Couleurs-pigments dans les mains des peuples, p. 135)
When I think of purple, I think of lilacs and grape soda and morning glories, and it does remind me of princesses. When I was a girl, I would always fantasize about being a princess in long purple velvet gowns, riding my unicorn, picking juicy grapes off of twisted vines, waiting for a prince to come distract me. Purple represents pure fantasy for me, but there's a softness too. It's a comforting color. I mentioned in an earlier post that I often think of people as embodying a color and my oldest daughter is a purple girl. I'm not sure why but it's something I've seen in her, before she was born even...there's a richness and royalty to her countenance, an effortlessness; she just doesn't seem to struggle the way some of us do and that, in a nutshell is what purple represents to me.
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