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Pompeii’s Ancient Art of Textile Dyeing Revived

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • A new project within the Pompeii archaeological site is showcasing ancient textile dyeing techniques to reveal another facet of daily life before the city’s destruction in A.D. 79.

 About Pompeii Archaeological Site

  • It is located in Ancient Roman city near Naples, Italy.
  • Buried under volcanic ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
  • Remarkably preserved, providing insights into daily life in the Roman Empire.
  • Structures, artifacts, and human remains frozen in time by the volcanic eruption.
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its significance in ancient Roman history and archaeology.
  • Popular destination for tourists and researchers.

About the Project

  • Showcase the ancient art of textile dyeing in Pompeii involving the preparation of dyes from plants.
  • Use of the Pompeiian colour palette to dye scarves.
  • Scarves feature motifs from the House of Vetti frescoes.
  • Profits from the sale of these scarves contribute to the further restoration of Pompeii.

 

Frescoes

·       Frescoes are artistic creations painted on wet plaster, typically found on walls or ceilings.

·       Renowned for vibrant colours and lasting durability.

 

Significance

  • Provides a unique perspective on daily life in Pompeii before its destruction.
  • Links ancient textile dyeing techniques with the vibrant frescoes of the House of Vetti.

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