Cochineal Natural Dye, Whole Insects, Dactylopius coccus
We have recently been able to obtain a limited supply of whole dried cochineal.
Cochineal, an insect that lives on nopal cacti in Central and South America and has been used for centuries for natural dyeing fibers, , fabrics, and approved for food coloring purposes by the FDA
This cochineal is in the dried insect form.
The dye chemical is called carmine or carminic acid
Depending on the mordant used, a dye assist to make colors color fast, and the water ph, cochineal will yield different colors.
Samples in the picture are not included in purchase.
Colors yielded may vary. Mordants used from left to right are alum, tin, and iron.
Refer to a natural dye book for more detailed instructions.
Mordants are also available on our web store.
Yields reds, pinks, purples.
Enough to due one or more pounds of dry fiber.
Item purchased is plastic bag of cochineal in picture.
If you need more than one package, contact us.
If sent to a Pennsylvania address, Pennsylvania state sales tax applies.
Cochineal Natural Dye, Whole Insects, Dactylopius coccus listed in:
Natural Dyes and Mordants