Stone Age Color Factory

A  58,000-year-old ochre powder production site has been discovered in South Africa. The discovery offers a glimpse of the everyday lives of early populations and what was considered valuable. The news is interesting for both the color and business worlds, giving us insight into one of the earliest successful trade businesses and the value of color.

Ochre occurs in a shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown. The colors were often used to color leather and presumably to create sweet red clothes, like the stone age equivalent of Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket. Other uses include paint, makeup, perservatives, medical component and as an ingredient in adhesives.

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Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.