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Mechanochromic is the new black

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Clothing has always used color to convey cultural identity, societal functions, or social standing. But, for centuries, fabric colors were subject to exacting mineral extractions and tortuous supply chains that consigned humanity’s limited palette to a lucky few. As a consequence, for much of our history, the evolution of color in clothing could be measured in eras. In fourth-century Byzantium, for example, the emperor forbade anyone outside of the imperial family from wearing purple, on pain of death. During the Middle Ages, royal folk favored deep crimson — the symbolic...Read full article

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