Cochineal

Whole dried insects.

A scale insect native to Mexico/Central America that feeds exclusively on prickly-pear cactus. Cochineal is a very common source of red food colour with a long historical use. No mordant is required although they will extend the colour range in interesting ways. Use at 3-10% WOF for medium, 10-20% WOF for strong shades. Cochineal is expensive but very generous and can easily give 8 or more successive dips from the same dyebath. Have plenty of fibre ready and waiting!

TO USE: grind finely in a coffee grinder (Cochineal is non-toxic but may stain your next pot of coffee). Soak overnight in cold water with 5% Cream of Tartar to WOF. Simmer 15 minutes, cool and strain -- we find a sieve lined with moist paper towel does the trick. Return to pot, add more water if necessary then enter the fibre and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes.

Light/washfastness: excellent




Product Image Item Name- Price
Cochineal, Whole - 100g

Cochineal, Whole - 100g

Price per 100g (3.53 oz) container.
36.00

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Cochineal, Whole - 250g

Cochineal, Whole - 250g

Price per 250g (8.82 oz) container.
65.88

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Cochineal, Whole - 25g

Cochineal, Whole - 25g

Price per 25g (.88 oz) container.
11.00

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Cochineal, Whole - 50g

Cochineal, Whole - 50g

Price per 50g (1.76 oz) container.
20.00

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