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Cochineal, a little insect and my favorite color palette

Have you heard of cochineal? Since ancient times, pre-Inca civilizations (Peru) have traditionally used a series of natural dyes as a color palette for making their garments such as blankets, chullos, ponchos, among others. Dyeing is achieved with the help of a small parasitic insect that lives on the leaves of the prickly pear cacti. It has the form of…

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