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The purple dye for important ancient garments, came from a small sea snail, found in certain locations off the coast of Phoenicia, now Lebanon. A painstakingly slow procedure extracted liquid from a gland in the snail, which when placed in a bowl in the sunshine, changed colour. First white, then yellow-green, then violet, and finally purple. The resultant dye did not run with washing, or fade with exposure to the sun, and for thousands of years, the colour purple has been associated with strength and durability. The dyed fabric became the chosen cloth of Princes and the elite of the High Church.
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