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The Color Pink

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The Color Pink The Meaning of the color Pink

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

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

  • The symbolic meaning of the color pink was joy and happiness
  • Pink also has a Religious meaning and is the Christian color for the third Sunday of Advent
  • Cheap dyes, made from the madder root, were used to produce the color pink
  • The Madder root produced the whole spectrum of red based colors including pink, coral, light red, dark red, russet and brown
  • The color pink has always been closely associated with ladies and young girls
  • However, the color pink was a favorite color for the hose worn by Medieval men
  • People who were allowed to wear the color pink during the Elizabethan era, as decreed by the English Sumptuary Laws, were lower and upper classes

The Dye used to produce the color Pink
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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