Tyrian Purple Dye

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Title

Tyrian Purple Dye

Description

As far back as 4,000 years ago, people used the shells of Murex sea snails to make purple dye known as Tyrian purple. The extraction process was time-consuming, making the colour purple rare and expensive. Purple was so expensive that usually only royals could afford to wear it!

Click here for a video about how purple dyes were made

Creator

Alexander Storing

Files

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Citation

Alexander Storing, “Tyrian Purple Dye,” Fleming College Museum Management & Curatorship Program, accessed February 23, 2024, http://exhibits.flemingdomains.ca/items/show/104.