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Dye-Pigments Q&A
Top Frequently Asked Questions: 1. In Textiles   Q: How does cochineal look like? A: Dried cochineal looks like small silver-grey peppercorns or plant seeds. Q: Originally, where does the cochineal comes from? A: Cochineal is a traditional natural dye for colouring textiles in South and Central America and has been used for beautiful, lightfast and permanent scarlets, pinks and reds for centuries. Mexican cochineal was one of the main exports of the Spanish empire. Peru remains the most important producer of cochineal and accounts for 85-90% of world production. Q: Is there Cochineal dye in Europe? A: Cochineal was[...]