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The Color Orange

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The Color Orange The Meaning of the color Orange
The color and material used in Elizabethan Clothing was extremely important. People who could wear the color Orange was dictated by English Law. These were called the Sumptuary Laws. The colors of Elizabethan clothes, including the color Orange, 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 Orange.

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

  • The symbolic meaning of the color orange was a symbol of courage
  • Cheap dyes were used to produce the colors orange and russet
  • Cheap dyes, made from the madder root, were used to produce the color orange
  • The Madder root produced the whole spectrum of red based colors including orange, russet and brown.
  • The orange dye produced by the madder root dye was not colorfast and orange clothes were worn by the lower classes
  • People who were allowed to wear the colors orange and russet during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were lower and upper classes

The Dye used to produce the color Orange
Some interesting facts and information about the dyes used to produce the color. Madder was a European herb (Rubia tinctorum) the root of which was used in dyeing cultivated as a source of red dye. Used to produce cloth dyed in various shades of red based colors including orange, russet, pink, coral, light red, dark red, russet and brown.

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