Friday, August 26, 2011

Cochineal/ Cochinilla

Cochinilla is an insect that grows on paddle cacti. The females produce carminic acid, from which carmine is derived. This bright red dye is used to color food, makeup, and as demonstrated above, textiles! "Bug juice," indeed.
This was recorded in Chincero, Peru en la Valle Sagrada cerca de Machu Picchu.

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