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Kermes (from the Kermes insect) is identified in the bible book of Exodus, where references are made to scarlet colored linen.

By the 4Purple was made from a mollusk and clothing made from it was so expensive only the royal family could afford it.

The mucus-like contents of the veins were then mixed together and spread on silk or linen.

Estimates are that it took 8,500 shellfish to produce one gram of the dye, hence the fact this dye was worth more than its weight in gold.

One example of a natural dye obtained from plants is madder, which is obtained from the roots of the madder plant.