Rugs Oaxaca Trip
Oaxaca, Mexico 2007
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 on planted cactus plants.
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.