Colours and designs at the market
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grana cochinilla (see below)
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Vegetable dye and the Cochineal bug
Grana cochinilla – the Cochineal bug
From the Cochineal bug you obtain a beautiful red color that is highly popular. The bugs 'grow' on the Nopal Cactus and are harvested through an elaborate process and was called "Oaxaca's Red Gold". It was an important source of income for New World and was exported worldwide to countries in both Europe and Asia.
Vegetable dye and traditional designs:
Teotitlán del Valle is known for their beautiful natural colours and designs. See also the video on the next page: Cada familia tiene su estilo.
You use the plants that grow in the region to dye, so in Chiapas for instance, they use other vegetable dyes to obtain the colour.
See also the chapters on Carlos Reyes and his project: Me enamoré de Chiapas ; Hasta en la calle he teñido and Las Tejedoras felices de Pantelhó. Or hear the young weaver Petrona Patishtón tell about her work and knowledge of vegetable dyes in Petrona de San Juan Chamula.
Benito Juárez (1806-1872)
El Mercado Benito Juárez is named after Benito Pablo Juárez who came from a Zapotec family. He was the president of Mexico (1855-64 and 1867- 72) and by many Mexicans he is considered to be one of Mexico's most popular leaders.