Cochineal

Cochineal

$28.00Price

Cochineal Dye  
Dactylopius coccus


This little scaled insect is primarily found in subtropical North and South America. It's a parasitic insect that lives on cacti and feeds off the plant's moisture and nutrients. The females produce a carminic acid that deters predation of other insects. This dye became incredibly saught after in the colonial period and was exported all over the world including all the way to India. 

 

Fingering Weight Sock Blend - 75% SW Merino, 25% Nylon | 463yds | 100g | 3oz 

DK Lux - 40% Superfine Alpaca, 40% Merino, 20% silk | 1-ply | 252yds | 100g | 3oz

DK Cable - 100% SW Merino | 8-ply | 274yds | 100g | 3oz

Pima Cotton - 100% Pima Cotton | 4-ply | 218yds | 100g | 3oz

Worsted - 100% SW Merino | 8-ply | 218yds | 100g | 3oz

Bulky - 100% SW Merino | 3-ply | 106yds | 100g | 3oz

Super Bulky - 180% SW Merino, 20% Nylon | 1-ply | 76yds | 100g | 3oz


Naturally dyed yarn will mature gracefully. Keep out of direct sunlight & hand wash when necessary with a gentle soap. 
Dyed naturally in Floyd, VA 
 

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