July is Pride Month and today marks the beginning of Sydney Pride. As strong allies, the CBUAG launched a brand new column here on our blog where, for the past 6 weeks, we brought you fun facts about each colour in the pride rainbow! These facts could be anything from their symbolism to their origin in paint production. Click here to learn all about the colours: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE. This is our final week and we are going to look at Purple and its place in history.
Here are 7 interesting facts about the first colour of the Pride Rainbow, PURPLE.
1. How We See It
While violet is often thought of as a type of PURPLE, and is sometimes thought to be interchangeable, if we look at the light spectrum, that actually isn’t the case. PURPLE isn’t actually a colour in light, it is merely the mixture of two wavelengths (red and blue). The only “purple” that is on the spectrum is violet. The human eye can actually detect many colours that don’t have their own wavelengths. All the colours that we consider PURPLE exist along the “line of purple” that lies between red (630-740) and violet (380-420 nm). This means that pink is actually in the PURPLE family and not the red family like many think. Also, indigo is actually part of the violet family.