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Rugs Oaxaca Trip
 


Oaxaca, Mexico  2007


at his loom

Benito Hernandez at his loom.



Benito Hernandez showing drawing for rug design




Cochineal female in hand.



Cochineal female smashed




Cochineal growing on cactus pads.





Cochneal growing operation




Cochineal is made into lighter red and shades of orange with lemon juice.




Cochineal larva



Cochineal male



Cochineal on planted cactus plants.




Cochineal females.



Dried Cochineal being crushed into powder




Dried Cochineal powder.


Fermenting mesquite beans for brown dye.




Indigo being harvested.





Indigo soaking in water.



Wool yarn died with indigo.



Natural dyes of rug maker





Tumeric the yellow dye




 Zapotec nest holding fertilized female cochineal.

Rugs as works of art.



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Hernandez rug.






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