Tag Archives: cochineal

natural dyeing, lac

Laccifer or Kerria Lacca or Lac is a parasitic scale bug that feeds on the sap of certain tropical trees and secretes a sticky resin. The resin-like secretion hardens when exposed to air; it forms a protective crust around the insect as it dines on … Continue reading

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the allure of rust

Sometimes simple things, like rusty and old objects intrigue me. I love the reddish-brown coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to moisture and oxygen in the air, causing it to rust. I find them in various places;  junkyard, thrift … Continue reading

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crimson from cochineal

  Cochineal insects  (Dactylopius coccus) have long been used to produce crimson-colored dyes, primarily in food coloring. It is a small mealy bug that lives and feeds on the prickly pear cacti’s moisture and nutrients.  Cochineal insects have high concentrations of Carminic … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: arashi shibori on silk

This weekend I learned another exciting Shibori technique. “Arashi” is the Japanese word for storm. The patterns are always diagonal which suggest the driving rain of a heavy storm. Arashi  Shibori is known as pole wrapping that involves wrapping and binding cloth … Continue reading

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