July 26, 2020

Passion for purple revives ancient dye in Tunisia

Tunis (AFP) – A Tunisian man has pieced together bits of a local secret linked to ancient emperors: how to make a prized purple dye using the guts of a sea snail.”At the beginning, I didn’t know where to start,” said Mohamed Ghassen Nouira, who heads a consulting firm.”I would crush the whole shell and try to understand how this small marine animal released such a precious colour.”Now, after years of trial and error — and after getting used to the foul stench — he uses a hammer and small stone mortar to carefully break open the spiny murex shells.What happens next is part of a secret guarded…

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