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.
Our Pure Cochineal Unisex Socks should be a staple in every wardrobe! Wear then with your favourite sneakers, sandals or in the comfort of your own home. Each sock is individually individually tied and dyed so the colours and prints will vary however we try our best to pair similar colour and print imaging. All socks are 100% cotton. Wash with dark colours. Wear with pure love.