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Looks like a very different shade of blue than than used on the Israeli flag, etc. From scientificcomputing.com:


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Elusive Biblical Blue Found in Israel
Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:30am



An Israeli researcher says she has identified a nearly 2,000-year old textile that may contain a mysterious blue dye described in the Bible, one of the few remnants of the ancient color ever found.

Naama Sukenik of Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday that recent examination of a small woolen textile discovered in the 1950s found that the textile was colored with a dye from the Murex trunculus, a snail researchers believe was the source of the Biblical blue.

Researchers and rabbis have long searched for the enigmatic color, called tekhelet in Hebrew. The Bible commands Jews to wear a blue fringe on their garments, but the dye was lost in antiquity.

Sukenik examined the textile for a doctorate at Bar-Ilan University and published the finding at a Jerusalem conference Monday.

Looks blue to me. How should it look when fresh, is the question.

How fascinating! I wonder if blue was as difficult to make as purple?
(01-04-2014, 05:27 AM)Deidre Wrote: [ -> ]How fascinating! I wonder if blue was as difficult to make as purple?
Blue dye, namely indigo, was a luxury product imported into Europe from India since Greek and Roman times.