Collection: Cochineal Botanical Dyed Textiles

Cochineal, red dyestuff consisting of the dried, pulverized bodies of certain female scale insects, Dactylopius coccus, of the Coccidae family, cactus-eating insects native to tropical and subtropical America. Cochineal is used to produce scarlet, crimson, orange, and other tints and to prepare pigments such as lake and carmine. The dye was introduced into Europe from Mexico, where it had been used long before the coming of the Spaniards.  

Cochineal has been replaced almost entirely by synthetic dyes, but it continues to be used principally as a colouring agent in cosmetics and beverages. Its dyeing power is attributed to cochinealin, or carminic acid, obtained by boiling cochineal in water. Cochineal also contains glyceryl myristate (a fat) and coccerin (cochineal wax).  Our cochineal dyes are 100% natural.

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  • Pure Cochineal Unisex Socks
    Pure Cochineal Unisex Socks
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  • Indigo and Cochineal Unisex Socks-LIMITED EDITION
    Indigo and Cochineal Unisex Socks-LIMITED EDITION
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  • Pure Cochineal Unisex T-shirt Medium-LIMITED EDITION
    Pure Cochineal Unisex T-shirt Medium-LIMITED EDITION
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  • Pure Cochineal Electric Waves Dinner Napkin-LIMITED EDITION
    Pure Cochineal Electric Waves Dinner Napkin-LIMITED EDITION
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  • Pure Cochineal Magic Eye Dinner Napkins-LIMITED EDITION
    Pure Cochineal Magic Eye Dinner Napkins-LIMITED EDITION
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  • Pure Cochineal Women's Cotton Undies
    Pure Cochineal Women's Cotton Undies
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  • Pure Cochineal Queen Size Throw/Blanket-LIMITED EDITION
    Pure Cochineal Queen Size Throw/Blanket-LIMITED EDITION
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  • Pure Cochineal Queen Sheet Set-LIMITED EDITION
    Pure Cochineal Queen Sheet Set-LIMITED EDITION
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