The last of the colors on the rainbow, purple is one of the richest, deepest colors in the spectrum. Due to its historical uses by various courts and the Roman Catholic church, purple has become intertwined with the concepts of nobility, royalty, and the sacred.


The word purple derives from the name of a dye that produced the color used in Byzantium. Falling in between red and blue, the historical associations with power and lacking the feelings of aggression that red can sometimes inspire, purple ties have started appearing in the wardrobes of world leaders. Interestingly, the concept of purple shifts from culture to culture,  with the amount of blue used to create the color shifting depending on country. The purple that was most sought by royals at one point in history may actually have been much redder than what people may envision by the word ‘purple’.

With regards to usage and associations, purple is connected the Easter season specifically. Purple is a holy color and is associated with both the Church and the concept of the spirit or the soul. However, like most colors, purple also has negative connotations, and is used to suggest vanity or pride.

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