Red Cochineal Extract

CochinealCochineal extract is one of the most expensive and precious of the natural dyes and is derived from a scale insect (Dactylopus coccus) that feeds on the nopal...

Textile Grade Cochineal Extract

Our textile grade cochineal extract is a very dark purple-red and created specifically for textile use. It is not as refined as our bright red cochineal extract and it dyes...

The cochineal drought is over

...news that there was no cochineal extract available. Cochineal growers decided that the cost and effort of raising cochineal was too steep for the prices they were being paid and...

Confused About Cochineal? Ask Kathy!

...she has yielded from cochineal dye has often varied. I know from reading your site (and Amy DuFault’s blog post), that Botanical Colors’ cochineal process typically starts with the silvery...

Dyeing For Dummies: The Wonders of Cochineal

...began to smell like hints of death warmed over. Cochineal is a red dye consisting of dried female cochineal insects that feed on the nopal cactus, sucking moisture and nutrients...

Whole Cochineal Insects

...insects internationally. Related items: Cream of Tartar Aluminum Sulfate Learn more: Cochineal Insect Instructions Dyeing for Dummies: The Wonders of Cochineal (recipe) A Closer Look at the History of Cochineal...

Cochineal Insect Instructions

Our cochineal insect instructions will help extract color from cochineal insects, native of Mexico and South America. These insects are a traditional way of obtaining brilliant reds, pinks, and purples....

Cochineal Ink

Cochineal contains an intensely strong pigment. Cochineal ink is also very strong and purple-red. Biohue handcrafts this ink in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. Use with dip pens and...

A Closer Look at the History of Cochineal

...Rio de Janeiro and took aboard prickly pear cactus plants containing colonies of the Cochineal insects for this purpose. Sadly, the insects died out before an industry could get off...

FEEDBACK FRIDAY: This Week in Natural Dye Questions

...possible if you use natural dyes to “paint” or dip the completed paper. Related articles on cochineal: Confused About Cochineal? Ask Kathy! Dyeing For Dummies: The Wonders of Cochineal  ...