Cochineal is among the most beautiful, versatile, and ancient natural dyes on the planet. It has excellent light and washfastness properties and produces a powerful range of reds, scarlets, violets, fuchsias and purples. Permanent on all natural fibers, cochineal is generally used with a mordant such as alum. The color (carminic acid) comes from the bodies of female insects of the species Dactylopius Coccus. These insects are farmed on the prickly pear (nopal) cactus, which is native to Mexico, Central and South America.

Jacquard’s Cochineal comes directly from a small, family owned and operated, organic farm co-op in Lima, Peru.

Sizes: 1 oz., 4 oz. 8 oz., 1 lb.

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