Rugs Oaxaca Trip



Oaxaca, Mexico  2007


at his loom

Benito Hernandez at his loom.


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Benito Hernandez showing drawing for rug design



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Cochineal female in hand.


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Cochineal female smashed



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Cochineal growing on cactus pads.




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Cochneal growing operation



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



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Cochineal larva


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Cochineal male


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Cochineal on planted cactus plants.



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Cochineal females.


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Dried Cochineal being crushed into powder



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Dried Cochineal powder.

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Fermenting mesquite beans for brown dye.




Indigo being harvested.
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Indigo soaking in water.


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Wool yarn died with indigo.


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Natural dyes of rug maker




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Tumeric the yellow dye



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 Zapotec nest holding fertilized female cochineal.

Rugs as works of art.

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Hernandez rug.


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