THE ROYAL PURPLE
THE ROYAL PURPLE.
What is the connection between these snail egg capsules and the shade of purple we know as ‘royal purple’?
In Ancient Rome, a purple secretion released by Murex family of snails and their eggs (swipe to the last pic) was used to prepare a purple dye. The process involved thousands of snails and lot of labour resulting in a cost which only the royalty could afford. Hence, ROYAL PURPLE.
A species of murex snail are found in abundance along the Mumbai coastline.
Shot at Juhu Koliwada in November 2018.