“a memory of watching coho spawn in the creek near your house”

pale fish

You do this for the process and what you learn along the way. That waxed dental floss sewn along lines with a basting stitch can be pulled tight for water, that waxing a fish into plain cotton with a mixture of paraffin and beeswax, then dipping the cotton in blue dye gives you a memory of watching coho spawn in the creek near your house, a cycle that has been going on since the last ice age at least. That others have dipped cloth into dye and worn the pigment on their hands for weeks afterwards.
                                    –from “The Blue Etymologies”, Blue Portugal and Other Essays

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