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CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. A few centuries ago cochineal was one of the most mysterious and wanted products in the world. It was greatly valued by the Aztecs and brought to Europe by the Spaniards, who were very careful to protect their monopoly on this precious product. Not… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Indigenous Culture

The Gifts from the Beloved Cacti

Did you know that in the U.S., August is National Cactus, Celery, and Fennel Month?  Very exciting, I know.  Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the many gifts bestowed upon us by the cacti of Oaxaca. On my very first weekend in Oaxaca, I was wandering by Santo Domingo (the church in the center… Continue reading The Gifts from the Beloved Cacti

Indigenous Culture, Teotitlan del Valle

Red Gold

Who knew that a tiny bug from Oaxaca could change the course of history? In my visits with En Vía to Teotitlán del Valle, I had watched local weavers using a mysterious powdered product to dye skeins of wool. It was, they informed the watching visitors, a ground-up insect, called cochinilla or cochineal in English,… Continue reading Red Gold