Cochineal Natural Dye Workshop
Sunday, August 27
West Adams, Los Angeles
Cochineal is a scale insect from which the natural dye carmine is derived yielding pink and red colors. The use of cochineal goes back to the Aztecs and has a rich history. The workshop will tell the colorful stories of pirates, popes, riches and politics! The reds were used for cardinals' robes, textiles in Versailles and even the redcoats of the British Army!
We'll make our own dye bath from locally foraged cochineal and dried cochineal from Oaxaca. We'll make scarves, pendant flags and dyed rope (fabrics will be included). Most importantly, we'll spend an afternoon together as a community working on slow textiles, snacking and playing!