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RE: Garb

Poster: E L Wimett <SILVERDRAGON@Charleston.Net>

Purple is fine.  

The only thing you might want to be aware of if you are "ultra-authenticist" is that purple dyes were not available in all areas at all times in period and that some definitely color-shifted.  The "true" purple was expensive and therefore tended to be a luxury item that only the very rich (in most areas in period the upper nobility) could afford.

There are a fair number of nice "lavendar" natural dyes from period available, however, so I'd go with it if you like it and feel it looks good on you.

[Note: this is a grossly simplified and edited response to save bandwidth.  Alisoun's patented lecture on purple and green dyes and period heraldry is available upon request at your corner event. . .]

-----Original Message-----
From:	Unicorn977@aol.com [SMTP:Unicorn977@aol.com]
Sent:	Tuesday, April 22, 1997 11:35 AM
To:	atlantia@atlantia.sca.org
Subject:	Garb

Poster: Unicorn977@aol.com

   I have a simple question pertaining to the use of the color purple. Was
all purple considered royalty? I am making new garb and would like to use a
lavender color. Can this be done authentically w/out confusion of royalty?


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