Royal Blue

Some snails can make your favourite shade of Royal Blue. Do you believe that?
 
 Way back, the Phoenicians extracted the pigment by harvesting the murex trunculus, a species of marine snails.
 
 The permanent dye, prized by Romans, was an item of luxury trade. They used it to colour ceremonial or imperial silk robes. The shade would shift from blue to reddish-purple with use.
 
 The real Tyrian Purple colour was derived from another species of murex. The intensity of this purple hue would keep on improving with the ageing of the dyed cloth.
 
 Young artists or fashion designers you know will love to hear the history of these shades. Why don't you share it with them!

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