Tyrian purple in ancient times was regarded as the most prized and expensive color for dying clothes worth more than gold is even today. At one point even the royals banned anyone from wearing it. It was made from the air glands of a sea dwelling snail, cut out from thousands of shells. The glands’ juice and water was set to boil for ten days with a splash of human piss in order to achieve perfect alkalized soup. Afterwards the fabric was dyed 3 times in order to achieve the most deep and luxurious color.
It was not uncommon to succumb the royals to fakery. But it was not hard to determine authenticity. Because of the source of the color and the addition of a piss jacuzzi, it left behind a truly foul stench that only royals knew that particular smell would be attached to the real thing.
You can find the color today in Martha Stewart’s warm color paint collection: Peasant Piss’t Purple.
It’s a good thing.