Cochineal - 1 oz.

Cochineal - 1 oz.

Cochineal  - 1 oz. package (Dactylopius Coccus) Yields scarlet, crimson, plums & lavenders on silk & wool

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Cochineal is a rare and precious dye made by a mealy bug like scale insect that infests Prickly Pear cactus.  There are both wild and cultivated forms.  Ours is cultivated by traditional methods, outside, in the high Andes of Peru.  The insect is harvested after it's life cycle is complete.  (It is not killed for the dye!)  Cultivation and post-life-cycle harvesting of the cochineal is traditional to this part of the world.


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Cochineal is the natural dye from a scale insect that lives its sedentary life on the Opuntia prickly-pear cactus. It is the brilliant red of the British Redcoats, and the Scarlet of Cardinals' Robes. Wars were fought over this dye when it was discovered in the New World. Very strong, very precious.



Price per Unit (piece): $16.50

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