There are caftans and there are caftans. You’ll enjoy this piece from Racked on the glorious, golden caftan (most definitely of the latter sort) worn by Meryl Streep in The Post, in her role as Katharine Graham. It’s worthy of an Oscar of its own. Read here: An Ode to Meryl Streep’s Golden Caftan in The Post
Early color-making was like alchemy.
Combining organic materials to make something totally new bordered on miraculous.
Before the Industrial Revolution, some artisans kept their color-making processes secret. Spanish color-makers claimed their red dye came from a nonexistent fruit called “wormberry” (really, it came from a beetle). A European shade called “mommia” was made with crushed-up mummy remains.
You can see why they didn’t want to advertise that.
Color-making materials were so scarce that patrons and artists often came to an agreement about the color scheme of a painting before it was completed.
Now we know that color can do magical things. Red and violet stimulate. Blue calms (Tokyo and Glasgow saw crime rates drop when they bathed their streets in blue light–really).
I wonder what my caftans can do.
Photo credit: Meryl Streep in The Post. Photo by Niko Tavernise