Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red (Exposición Bilingüe)
This free online exhibit explores the fascinating and complex history of cochineal, a vibrant red pigment originating in the Americas, and its link to global trade relationships and power dynamics.
Cochineal, a tiny insect found on certain species of Oaxacan cacti, was harvested for millennia by Indigenous peoples to dye fabrics a vibrant red color. But following the European invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century, it became a widely coveted, globally traded commodity that transformed textiles and art, and made Mexico a center for technological innovation. Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red explores how this Indigenous technology changed the world, becoming anView more
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