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18th Apr '17 5:08:09 AM ArgentumUranium
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* A clear, bright, non-fading red was also rare, as it required either kermes or cochineal, once the Americas were discovered. Both of these are insects, and the dye is derived from their bodies. Given equal amounts of kermes and cochineal dye, the cochineal would dye 10 to 12 times more fabric. There were cheap red dyes, made from various plants (lichens and madder), but the colors these dyes produced tend to the orangey-red rather than a clear, bright crimson.

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* A clear, bright, non-fading red was also rare, as it required either kermes (crimson) or cochineal, cochineal (scarlet), once the Americas were discovered. Both of these are insects, and the dye is derived from their bodies. Given equal amounts of kermes and cochineal dye, the cochineal would dye 10 to 12 times more fabric. There were cheap red dyes, made from various plants (lichens and madder), but the colors these dyes produced tend to the orangey-red rather than a clear, bright crimson.


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** The Spaniards got close enough when the Americas were discovered, dyeing fabrics a good formal black using extract from the innermost wood of the logwood tree in combination with a solution of ferrous sulfate (then known as copperas). Another method outside of Europe involved gallnuts instead of logwood extract, the same combination used to make ancient black ink in the Old World for centuries.
17th Apr '17 3:43:20 PM karstovich2
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** Saffron, that super-expensive and delicious spice (being, no joke, the very-delicate stamens of crocus flowers), also doubled as one of the finest yellow dyes.

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** Saffron, that super-expensive and delicious spice (being, no joke, the very-delicate stamens styles and stigmas of crocus flowers), also doubled as one of the finest yellow dyes.
17th Apr '17 3:42:00 PM karstovich2
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** Saffron, that super-expensive and delicious spice, also doubled as one of the finest yellow dyes.

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** Saffron, that super-expensive and delicious spice, spice (being, no joke, the very-delicate stamens of crocus flowers), also doubled as one of the finest yellow dyes.
17th Apr '17 3:39:21 PM karstovich2
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** The white toga with the purple border actually has a name: it's the ''toga praetexta'', and was traditionally worn by senators. So, it kind of made sense that they would regulate its usage; letting anyone wear them would be like letting anyone buy a school uniform: it would defeat the purpose. Those running for election would wear the ''toga candida'', a toga that has be bleached to a dazzling white with chalk.

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** The white toga with the purple border actually has a name: it's the ''toga praetexta'', and was traditionally worn by senators. So, it kind of made sense that they would regulate its usage; letting anyone wear them would be like letting anyone buy a school uniform: it would defeat the purpose. Those running for election would wear the ''toga candida'', a toga that has be bleached to a dazzling white with chalk.chalk--this is where we get the term "candidate" for an office-seeker.
19th Jan '17 6:20:42 PM karstovich2
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* Traditionally, the Vatican has had a strict dress code about people who met with the pope--among the rules was that women always had to wear black, except for female Catholic monarchs and the wives of male Catholic monarchs, who could wear white (a rule called ''privilège du blanc''). Following this code is no longer obligatory, though Cherie Blair (wife of former UK Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, noted for both being a Catholic and leftist with republican, anti-monarchy tendencies) caused some controversy when she chose to wear white (both as a possible violation of protocol--though she was Catholic, Tony wasn't yet--and a slap in the face to the [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen]]--as Tony wasn't head of state but rather head of government).

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* Traditionally, the Vatican has had a strict dress code about people who met with the pope--among the rules was that women always had to wear black, except for female Catholic monarchs and the wives of male Catholic monarchs, who could wear white (a rule called ''privilège du blanc''). Following this code is no longer obligatory, though Cherie Blair (wife of former UK Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, noted for both being a Catholic and leftist with republican, anti-monarchy tendencies) caused some controversy when she chose to wear wore white at a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 (both as a possible violation of protocol--though she was Catholic, Tony wasn't yet--and a slap in the face to the [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Queen]]--as Tony wasn't head of state but rather head of government).government). (As it turns out, Blair did not really choose to wear white; she happened to be attending a conference at the Vatican--one the Pope was not expected to attend--when the Pope suddenly invited her for an audience; she did not have a chance to change, and happened to be wearing white that day.)
13th Dec '16 11:35:31 PM PaulA
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** In his ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'', the patriarchs of the Church (basically, the story world's version of the Pope and his cardinals) all wear black at all times -- except during state funerals, during which they dress in vibrant colors to indicate their homelands.

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** In his ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', the patriarchs of the Church (basically, the story world's version of the Pope and his cardinals) all wear black at all times -- except during state funerals, during which they dress in vibrant colors to indicate their homelands.
5th Nov '16 10:10:42 PM ArgentumUranium
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** In fact it's because of this trope that it's easy to identify where in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church a certain prelate stands (if they are in fact abiding by the dress code of course). Black (white in tropical climates) is the standard color for the everyday attire of all ranks below ThePope, with varying colors used for the cap, sash, and "choir dress" (worn when attending liturgical functions). Black is used for priests, amaranth red (which is somewhat purplish in hue) is used for bishops and archbishops, and scarlet (known as ''sacred purple'') is used for cardinals. An all-white attire is reserved only for ThePope.
30th Oct '16 3:02:11 PM nombretomado
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* In Mercedes Lackey's [[HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]], Heralds wear white, Bards scarlet, and Healers green; trainees wear grey, russet, and light green respectively. In one novel it is explained that this is because those three colors are very hard to duplicate and therefore makes things more difficult for imposters.

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* In Mercedes Lackey's [[HeraldsOfValdemar [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]], Heralds wear white, Bards scarlet, and Healers green; trainees wear grey, russet, and light green respectively. In one novel it is explained that this is because those three colors are very hard to duplicate and therefore makes things more difficult for imposters.
26th Oct '16 12:45:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the fringe of the Ghiscari tokars signifies the importance of the wearer (with Tyrian Purple being the color of the Grand Masters).

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the fringe of the Ghiscari tokars signifies the importance of the wearer (with Tyrian Purple being the color of the Grand Masters).



* In Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned, the people of the Kingdom of Caederan dress according to their social and magical status. Nobles (all of whom can use magic) wear white robes, with the color of the trim indicating which of the four elemental magics they use (red for fire, blue for water, silver for air, green for earth, and gold for the unaligned royal house). Peasant mages wear a robe of their elemental color with white trim and sash, while mundane peasants just wear brown.

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* In Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned, ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', the people of the Kingdom of Caederan dress according to their social and magical status. Nobles (all of whom can use magic) wear white robes, with the color of the trim indicating which of the four elemental magics they use (red for fire, blue for water, silver for air, green for earth, and gold for the unaligned royal house). Peasant mages wear a robe of their elemental color with white trim and sash, while mundane peasants just wear brown.



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* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', The Emperor of the Centauri Republic wears all-white. All other Centauri wear various different colors.

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* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', The Emperor of the Centauri Republic wears all-white. All other Centauri wear various different colors.
28th Sep '16 5:31:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. As noted, she's the only one of the water tribes to wear purple.

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Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.Yue. As noted, she's the only one of the water tribes to wear purple.
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