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The Disgusting Colour | Kelly Grovier | BBC | 01 August 2018
Purple is “a contradiction of a colour”, combining the noblest of aspects with the basest of origins. Associated since antiquity with royalty and luxury, purple was distilled from the anal mucus glands of sea-snails. “It took tens of thousands of desiccated hypobranchial glands, wrenched from the calcified coils of spiny murex sea snails before being dried and boiled, to colour even a single small swatch of fabric, whose fibres, long after staining, retained the stench of the invertebrate’s marine excretions”
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august 2018 by petulantskeptic
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