Two drops of the mixture will colour a large cylinder of water a beautiful violet. Here, then, is a magnificent example of enormous tinctorial power.
Chemically pure Alizarin crystallises in bright-red needles; it is the colouring principle of madder, and also of Alizarin paste. But the most wonderful thing about substantive coal-tar colours is their immense tinctorial power, i.e. the very little quantity of each required compared with the immense superficies of cloth it will dye to a full shade.