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finnan

That's why Mary is often depicted with a blue cloak/robe in religious paintings - not because that's what she would have worn (blue/purple would have been far too expensive for a normal person to wear then), but because it used the most expensive, precious pigment that the artist had - it was a sign of devotion that they'd use their most precious resource for this figure. Most pigments these days are synthetic as it's much, much cheaper, the colours are more reliable and stronger, and are made so that they don't fade due to exposure to light (which is why you're not supposed to take photos with a flash in a gallery - eventually the pigments will react to all that light and fade). (obviously) being the art and design nerd that I am, it's crossed my mind before where the elves get their dyes from... yes, I know my disbelief should be well and truly suspended at this point lol ; )