> Elizabeth Walpole <ewalpole@...> wrote:
> Well the trouble with that is that the shellfish that produced it is now
> extinct so far as I know, there may be other related species which also
> produce dyes, but it would be pretty much impossible to dye something
> (Purple) with the same dyes as the Ancient Romans.
That's what I thought, but I'm sure I saw something on the Natural Dyes list
about murex being for sale *somewhere* - as I recall, it was *very*
expensive. The people of Samoa apparently also use a shellfish to obtain
purple dye, so it's possibly related to the murex one.
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