Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a scale insect, native to South and Central America, which has been used as a dyestuff since before the 15th century.
Producing gorgeous shades of pink, red, and purple, cochineal is very concentrated and can be used at around 4-8% wof for medium depth of shade.
Cochineal is not a substantive dye and requires the use of a mordant. Read more about mordants in our FAQ's, and shop for them here.
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