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.We are offering up Pure Cochineal dyed t-shirts that are very limited edition. Each T-shirt is hand tied and dyed. No two pieces are alike, each as unique as you. Wash with dark colours and wear with pure love. 100% cotton. This piece is marked a "women's" X-small and measures 18 inches pit to pit.