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The Color Green

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The Meaning of the color Green

The color and material used in Elizabethan Clothing was extremely important. People who could wear the color Green was dictated by English Law. These were called the Sumptuary Laws. The colors of Elizabethan clothes, including the color Green, provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing them.

This was not just dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social standing. The meaning of colors during the Elizabethan era represented many aspects of their life - the social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism was reflected in the color Green.

The Symbolic and Religious Meaning of the color Green
Some interesting facts and information about the symbolic, religious, Christian and Biblical meaning of the color Green

  • The symbolic meaning of the color green was renewal of life and nature
  • Green also has a Biblical meaning and is the Christian color for the season of Epiphany
  • Cheap dyes were used to produce the color green from woad and lichen dyes, and other common vegetable dyes which could produce a variety of green colors

The Symbolic and Religious Meaning of the color Green
Some interesting facts and information about the symbolic, religious, Christian and Biblical meaning of the color Green

  • The symbolic meaning of the color green was renewal of life and nature
  • Green also has a Biblical meaning and is the Christian color for the season of Epiphany
  • Cheap dyes were used to produce the color green from woad and lichen dyes, and other common vegetable dyes which could produce a variety of green colors
  • Lichen - A plant of the division Lichenes which occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks or rocks or bare ground etc - a source of green dye
  • The color green is closely associated with the medieval legend of Robin Hood
  • People who were allowed to wear the color green during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were lower and upper classes

The Dye used to produce the color Green
Some interesting facts and information about the dyes used to produce the color. Lichen - A plant of the division Lichenes which occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks or rocks or bare ground etc - a source of green dye. Used to produce cloth dyed in various shades of green.

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