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We are pleased offer natural cochineal procured from Oaxaca, Mexico through Slow Fiber Studios Shop.
Cochineal has been used historically in the Americas for centuries and some of it’s earliest use has been traced back to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Cochineal’s deep red color comes from the tiny scale insects who live on Opuntia (nopal) cacti. We wrote about cochineal in an earlier post here.
We also have restocked our choshi(kibiso) silk skeins. Choshi is made from reeled silk waste, rich in sericin and is used for weaving. The choshi can be de-gummed to create an interesting interplay of texture, dyed or used as is!
Internationally renowned natural dyer and chemist, Michel Garcia explains the range of reds and purples that can be obtained with cochineal in this Natural Dye Workshop DVD.
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