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The Color Purple – Polwarth/Shetland/Silk

£15.00 £12.50

50% Polwarth/25% Shetland/25% Natural tussah silk

This blend is an absolute delight to work with. It’s so poofy, so soft and so textured. It will produce an exquisitely characterful yarn – soft as butter from the Polwarth, strong and warm from the Shetland, and luxurious from the silk.  It has bags of elasticity, and is perfect for next to skin garments, like scarves, gloves and sweaters.

Colour & Inspiration

This colourway is part of the World Book Day collection. It’s inspired by Alice Walker’s classic The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. I have read this book several times, and each time I see it slightly differently, understanding new aspects and gaining more insight. It tells the story of Celie, a young black woman living in Georgia in the 1930s. The book has wide-ranging themes, including oppression of the black community by the white, and of women by men, sex and sexuality, cultural and social expectations and how they affect the characters in numerous ways, faith, patriarchy, white supremacy and the different ways it shows itself, and ultimately freedom and independence.  There are so many layers to this book, I couldn’t begin to unpack it here.

Alice Walker used colour symbolically in the book. Purple represents freedom and strength, and Celie has a closer relationship to the colour as the book goes on and she grows into her own power. The pink/mauve represents Celie’s blossoming sexuality and appreciation of her own pleasure. Blue represents the changing of Celie’s perception of God from an old white man into something like the sky, which is all around us.

2 in stock (can be backordered)

Additional information

Weight 100 g


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