One Word Challenge: Mauve

Sad Mauve.

For me mauve has always been a pale purple with grey overtones, something that Victorian widows and widowers switched to after a year and one day of wearing black. It is a very sad colour, but not as sad as black.

Originally ‘Mauve’ was extracted from the Rose Madder plant, and described as a dull purple and ‘fugitive’, meaning that it faded quickly.

Here is an interesting website about ‘Victorian Mourning Attire and Protocol’

Happy Mauve.

test tube and tongs with Mauvine Mauveine was the first synthetic organic chemical dye, discovered by accident in 1856. It resembled the pure pinky-purple tone of Mauve Madder when the cloth was first dyed and better yet, it didn’t fade into a certain dullness. It became immensely popular and the 1890s became known as the ‘Mauve Decade’.

This necklace I made of lepidolite (the purply paisley-shaped stones), amethyst lace agate (pale purple stone discs), amethyst-coloured crystals, purple-grey pearls and labradorite (grey stone discs that flash blue) is a combination of both happy and sad ‘mauve’.
purple rain: lepidolite and pearls A hill covered in ‘mauve’ heather.
the Texture of Spring: a Mass of Purple Heather More interpretations of ‘Mauve’ at Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Challenge: Mauve.


4 responses to “One Word Challenge: Mauve

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    • I knew about mauve for mourning but, by happy chance, was reading a novel last week in which they mentioned mauveine as the first synthetic dye, and that was also fun to research. The hill of heather is at UBC where I worked and will have to substitute going to Scotland in August when their heather is blooming – one thing I’ve always wanted to see in person.

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