8 Then all the skilled among those engaged in the work made the Mishkan of ten strips of cloth, which they made of fine twisted linen, blue, purple, and crimson yarns; into these they worked a design of cherubim.
ח וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כָל־חֲכַם־לֵב בְּעֹשֵׂי הַמְּלָאכָה אֶת־הַמִּשְׁכָּן עֶשֶׂר יְרִיעֹת שֵׁשׁ מָשְׁזָר וּתְכֵלֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן וְתוֹלַעַת שָׁנִי כְּרֻבִים מַעֲשֵׂה חֹשֵׁב עָשָׂה אֹתָם׃
36:8 Twisted linen, blue, purple
The fine threads used to weave the curtains of the Mishkan, and later the Beit Hamikdash, were surely remarkable and unmistakable. In Megillat Esther, read on the holiday of Purim which marks the Jewish salvation from the evil Haman, the descriptions of the wall hangings in King Ahasuerus’s palace are nearly identical to those of the Mishkan: “Hangings of white, fine cotton, and blue, bordered with cords of fine linen and purple” (Esther 1:6). This similarity prompted the Talmud (Megillah 12a) to understand that upon the exile from Israel after the destruction of the First Beit Hamikdash, the Temple’s fine vessels and adornments were taken as booty, and later became part of the Persian king’s treasury. It was these stolen items that were on display at King Ahasuerus’s party. While most Jews ignored Mordechai’s warning not to participate, the Sages say that the notables fled, refusing to partake of a feast in which the holy vessels and adornments were displayed. In doing so, these Jews were declaring their loyalty to God and the fallen Temple in Yerushalayim.