Cochineal - Pale
35 metres approx
LMWP Cochineal - BLOSSOM
£3.60 Regular Price
- This beautiful lush colour comes from Cochineal a female species of insect. When Europeans descended on South America in the 1500s, they discovered that the Aztecs were producing vibrant, cochineal-dyed fabrics that retained their color for an incredibly long time. Soon, dried cochineal became a major trade good.
Today, cochineals are harvested mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands on plantations of prickly pear cacti, the bugs' preferred host.