Rare (even unique) archeological find
scholar - 1-1-2014 at 15:36
The article could be better written, since it jumps from speaking of fabric from 2000 years ago, to a mention of the colors in tabernacle fabric,
which was almost 1500 years earlier. A reader who did not know the time spans involved might not realized such widely-separated times were being
I can certainly see how fabric dyed with extracts from a certain kind of SNAIL would be costly! Surely, one snail cannot produce much dye! And
snails can be troublesome to collect in large numbers!
On the plus side, they do not run away from you very fast as you gather them.
John_Little - 1-1-2014 at 17:11
I wonder what made them think of doing it in the first place?
scholar - 1-1-2014 at 18:14
This is just a guess, but I'd imagine the snails exhibit the color of their dye, and somebody thought of transferring the color by grinding them up
and making a dye from them. It's not as though there is lots of other pigmentation in a snail that would mask the dominant color.
Have you considered, JL, that the pigmentation in every paint is derived from ingredients and experimentation? It wasn't until I took some art
classes in college that I realized even a basic paint set, acrylic or oils, collects minerals and organic products from many different places for the
pigments. One can just imagine the effort it took people of former centuries to make enough different colors for complete paintings with a full
pallet of colors.