Cochineal On Exhibit

Cochineal

Cochineal Production
Photo: Oscar Carrizosa

The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM has an exhibit about cochineal and its historical uses called, The Red That Colored The World. Cochineal is a scale insect used to make the red dye carmine. Cochineal scale insect rearing methods were a developed by Native American cultures and historically grown in New Mexico. The Spaniards established a colony in Santa Fe in part to trade for cochineal which was worth its weight in gold as a trade good.

The Red That Colored The World features artifacts from around the world that use this insect based dye. Most commonly, the dye was used for textiles, but it also was used in any object to be colored red including manuscripts, furniture, painting, sculpture and food. The exhibit will tour. If you are unable to go to Santa Fe, look for the exhibit at a museum near you.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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