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Cochineal

An Interview with Amy Butler Greenfield

Amy Butler Greenfield took a deep dive into the fascinating history of this planet’s best natural red dye, cochineal, and wrote a book called A Perfect Red to share the story. Spaniards, Aztecs, conquest, riches, sumptuousness, treason all in the story of a bug the size of shrivelled pea.  I first met Amy when she…

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October 30, 2019

6 Natural Dyeing Resources and One Very Colorful Tour

I’ve had natural dyes on my mind for two reasons. First, because of one of the most enjoyable parts of my job, daydreaming up worthy new tours. And I’ve been conjuring up a couple of colorful (quite literally) adventures all about natural dyes and the textiles they love. One in Oaxaca, the other in Peru….

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September 23, 2019

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