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Sat, Oct 19


The Craftsmen Collective

Cochineal Dye Workshop - Make a Pink Napkin Set

Experience this ancient Central American dye technique with a rich history that helped shape the trade world as we know it today.

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Cochineal Dye Workshop - Make a Pink Napkin Set
Cochineal Dye Workshop - Make a Pink Napkin Set

Time & Location

Oct 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Craftsmen Collective, 4600 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073, USA

About the event

Have you ever wondered where the colors in your clothing, food, cosmetics, and paints and pigments comes from? If you’ve ever worn lipstick, eaten a strawberry yogurt or Starbucks Frappucino, or even had a favorite red sweater, chances are it was colored with pigment from cochineal. The commonly used red dye is made from ground scale insects native to Central and South America and the extracted dye yields a range of beautiful red hues from light pink to magenta to royal red. Join me to mix a vat of cochineal dye and color a set of four cotton dinner napkins. We’ll learn about the history of cochineal usage in our own culture and across the world, powder and extract the pigment together, become familiar with the process of treating our fibers before dyeing, use traditional folding techniques to create patterns, and complete a unique and beautiful set of napkins that will be the perfect conversation starter at your next dinner party.

Students are welcome to bring a small piece from home to dye in the event of leftover time. Keep in mind cochineal and other natural dyes are only effective on natural fibers, so be sure your piece is cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, wool, or leather.


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