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33 / 52 – Tyrian Purple

Tyrian purple (Greek, πορφύρα, porphyra, Latin: purpura), also known as royal purple, imperial purple or imperial dye, is a purple-red natural dye, which is extracted from sea snails, and which was possibly first produced by the ancient Phoenicians. This dye was greatly prized in antiquity because it did not fade but became more intense with weathering and sunlight.

Tyrian purple was expensive: the 4th-century-BC historian Theopompus reported, “Purple for dyes fetched its weight in silver at Colophon” in Asia Minor. The expense meant that purple-dyed textiles became status symbols, and early sumptuary laws restricted their uses. The production of Tyrian purple was tightly controlled in Byzantium and was subsidized by the imperial court, which restricted its use for the colouring of imperial silks, so that a child born to a reigning emperor was porphyrogenitos, “born in the purple”, although this term may also refer to the fact that the imperial birthing apartment was walled in the purple-red rock known as porphyry.

Skin | Filthy | Aug . GGF . Cream ( C )
Hair | <DK> | Effie – Wine
Top | Sn@tch | Velveteen Tank (Wine)
Skirt | Sn@tch | Trocadero Skirt (Wine)
Boots | Plastik | Arke Boots-Betty


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