History

Out of the blue

The colour that was desired by all

by Pei Ying Loh

The colour blue is ever present in our lives. It is the colour of the sky and of the ocean and seas. Yet despite its omnipresence, blue is a historically rare and often expensive material. Many languages did not have a word for blue, or did not have the vocabulary to distinguish blue and green until more recent times. The elusive colour was associated with the rich and the divine across the world. But within the spectrum of blues, the most prized of them were in Asia.

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Pei Ying Loh / Head and Co-Founder

Pei Ying wears many hats in Kontinentalist. She leads the company in achieving its overall business and editorial goals, making strategic business development plans, and managing partnerships. Her background and passion for history is the driving force behind many of her stories, which delve into cultural and historical contexts. In her free time, she is likely tending to her veggie garden, cooking, or cuddling her two fat cats.

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