Lydia * seller of Purple fabric

As we finish up May my next women of the Bible is Lydia.

Lydia was a business women , a believer and invited others into her house.

One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

I did this page background in purple with Lydia to the side. Done in watercolors.

The seller of purple fabric intrigued me (with my Home Ec background) and did a little research into Lydia business of selling Purple fabric. She and her household would have spent long hours making the fabric. From gathering the snails in the water too boiling them to make the dye. To weaving the fabric and processing it. She was a busy women who had time to become a Christian and open up her house to other believers. . A women for modern times and a roll model too many. Lisa

Purple Dye in Ancient times:

By boiling them in lead vats, purple dye was extracted from snails to make Tyrianpurple. … And while purple is flashy and pretty, it was more important at the time that purple was expensive. Purple was expensive, because purple dye came from snails.

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