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Early evidence of royal purple dyed textile

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"King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon. Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior inlaid with love." (Song of Songs 3:9-10)

For the first time, rare evidence has been found of fabric dyed with royal purple dating from the time of King David and King Solomon.

While examining the colored textiles from Timna Valley—an ancient copper production district in southern Israel—in a study that has lasted several years, the researchers were surprised to find remnants of woven fabric, a tassel and fibers of wool dyed with royal purple. Direct radiocarbon dating confirms that the finds date from approximately 1000 BCE, corresponding to the biblical monarchies of David and Solomon in Jerusalem.

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-glimpse-wardrobe-king-david-solomon.html

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?

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HandsomeGorilla

As a fan of old dying techniques, I thought this was cool. What a beautiful shade, although I'm sure it may have faded a bit over the years... 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55815820

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HandsomeGorilla

What a gorgeous shade, I just love it. I'm actually about to buy the 'purple haze' Adidas Sambas and wish it was more this shade, honestly. Love me some purple fountain pen ink, too. Pretty awesome to see what authentic royal purple was, obviously faded, but gorgeous gradiation, showing that it was in fact a high quality dye they found. 

Edit forgot I actually wore purple socks today lol

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Abramelin

And not a single word about the Phoenicians, so here:

https://www.ancient.eu/Tyrian_Purple/

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