Phoenician Fashion

Our model, The Creekside Dog, modeling a fashionable Phoenician pasta necklace.

The Phoenicians used a certain type of snail from the sea, in a particularly stinky process, to extract minute amounts of purple dye.  The dye was used to color fabric, usually made into clothing for royalty, since the dye was quite expensive.

We decided to do a modern day version of this project using blueberries, following the directions in the Story of the World Activity Guide.  A bag of frozen blueberries yielded about a half a cup of dye after we strained out the berry skins.

We dunked white yarn into the dye, as well as a dozen large pasta noodles.  Even though each item was only in the dye for a few seconds, everything turned a very dark purple, almost black.  The yarn was very stiff and had bits of dried blueberry on it so we decided to wash it.  The end result was a pretty lavender colored yarn with a sort of tie-dye effect.  Note:  do not attempt to rinse the pasta, even quickly. We immediately lost a few pieces to breakage.

Boiling the blueberries.

Straining the blueberries.

Dunking dried pasta into the dye.

Yarn at top of photo is prior to rinsing with water. Yarn at bottom is after rinsing. Broken and unbroken pasta.

Stringing the pasta onto the yarn. We interspersed dyed pasta with undyed to make longer necklaces and patterns.

Fine motor practice for my 3 year old.

And here is our model, trying to eat one of our fashionable necklaces.

In fact, she spent the better part of our school day, sneaking up on the kids from underneath tables and around corners and trying to nibble on the necklaces they were wearing. Silly pup.

You can also read about our other ancient Phoenician project, making a ship and playing the Phoenician Trading Game.

You can see all of our ancient history projects here.

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful activity, love that the dog is modeling the necklace, so cute! I loved The Story of the World when my kids were younger, what a wonderful hands on activity for teaching them history, sounds like a lot of fun!!

  2. eexpeditions says:

    Love this! And cute dog. :)

  3. He (your dog) wears that necklace so well, what a good sport! hehe

  4. Very fun – and I love that your dog is modeling your creation =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Don’t forget to grab the TGIF button for your linked up post or sidebar so others can find the party & link up too. Thanks! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  5. How cool!!! I remember talking about the Phoenicians and their dye in history class.. what a great activity!!! I’ve shared this with my Twitter followers. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

  6. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas says:

    very cool – I like showing the kids how you can do things naturally. Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase – hope to see you this week.

    Bern

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