ANST - natural dyeing ... reds & purples

Decker, Terry D. TerryD at Health.State.OK.US
Wed Jul 1 06:35:55 PDT 1998

> It seems I remember something about a mollusk that was
> from the Mediterranean area being used to make red/purple
> dye.  Possibly ground or boiled, not certain!  Anyone else
> recall something of this one?
> HE Caterina
> je suis le tenebreux
The Romans called your mollusk, purpura, from which we get the word purple.
They are several species of the genus Murex that yield Imperial or Tyrian
purple dye.  The dye was a mainstay of Tyre's trade for over a millenium.

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