Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Israeli researchers discover rare fabric with biblical dye
Israeli researchers discover rare fabric with biblical dye
Jan '14
C: Israel Antiquities Authority/Clara Amit
C: Israel Antiquities Authority/Clara Amit
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have uncovered three rare, Roman-era fabrics dated almost 2,000 years-old, believed to have been dyed using murex snail extracts in unique colors mentioned in the Bible.
According to a statement issued by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the fabrics identified by researcher Na‘ama Sukenik, represent the most prestigious colors in antiquity; indigo, purple and crimson, which are mentioned in Jewish sources.
The fabrics were discovered from the Wadi Murabba’at caves located south of Qumran, which is located about a mile inland from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. 
These prestigious fabrics which were uncovered in researcher Na’ama Sukenik’s study that analyzed the dye of 180 textiles specimens from the Judean desert caves. 
Among the many textiles, most of which were dyed using substances derived from plants, were two purple-Bordeaux colored textiles—parts of tunics that were double dyed utilizing two of the most expensive materials in antiquity: Murex trunculus (Hexaplex trunculus) and American Cochineal insect.
The third fabric, made of wool, indicated that the thread fibers were dyed by exposing them to sunlight or heated after having been dyed, representing another use of the murex snail for achieving a shade of blue, and it is possible that the item in question is an indigo fabric made by means of a technique similar to making the tekhelet (blue in Hebrew) in a tzitzit, which is attached to the four-cornered garment traditionally worn by Jewish men.
According to Israel Antiquities Authority, it is yet not determined how these prestigious fabrics came to be in the caves, researches debate that the fabrics might have been part of the property belonging to Jewish refugees from the time of the Bar-Kokhba revolt (rebellion of Jews against Roman empire) and demonstrate their economic prosperity prior to the outbreak of the uprising.
Another possibility is that they were part of the possessions of a small Roman unit, which on the basis of the artifacts was stationed in the Murabba‘at caves following the Bar-Kokhba revolt.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

(L-R) Mr Shao Bojin, Chairman of Jihua Group and Mr Rohit Aggarwal, President of Huntsman Textile

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2016

Huntsman gets into strategic partnership with Jihua Group

Huntsman Textile Effects, the leading provider of high quality dyes...

Marzoli FT6D roving frames in Sintex’s Unit 2. Coutresy: Marzoli

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2016

Marzoli roving frames erected at Sintex textile division

A total of 48 Marzoli roving frames were erected in units I, II and...

Courtesy: Polartec

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2016

Polartec innovates most breathable waterproof fabric

Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, has...

Interviews View All

Studio Priyanka Rajiv

‘To reinvent the age-old tradition of embroidery to suit demographics and...

Pinkesh Jain
Everflow Petrofils Ltd

‘An innovative technology which India needs desperately is the...

Hugo Boss

'Hugo Boss works with carefully selected sourcing partners'

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search