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Aikuma Japanese Dyes

Enji-Mushi (Cochineal)

Enji-Mushi (Cochineal)

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Amount used
2% (light color) to 10% (deep color) weight as the fabric

Cochineal is a bug that is a kind of Coccoidea collected mainly in Mexico and other areas of South America. In Mexico especially Oaxaca City, native people have used it as red and purple dye from ancient eras. The body is about 2mm long and reddish brown in color. It is currently used for food coloring.

You can learn the history of Lac-dye from this page

Dyeing method
Dissolve in hot water and use. Add a little vinegar to make the color brilliant.
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