NATURAL PLANT AND INSECT DYES

We use only all-natural plant and insect dyes on our Pima Cotton products. All work is done in Peru by expert artisans using time tested pre-industrial methods. Some examples of the plants and insects used to produce our dyes are included below:

COCHINEA (Dactylopius Coccus)

This parasitic insect lives on Cacti and is the source for a rich crimson colored dye. It was used in South and Central America long before the Spanish exported it to Europe in the 15th Century, where it was highly admired and traded as far as India.

NOGAL (Juglans Neotropica)

Similar to the North American Black Walnut, this now endangered tree is found in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Like the walnut, its unripe husks produce a yellow dye, its ripe fruit produces red-brown dye and, if cooked in an iron pot, produces a deep black dye

TARA (Caesalpinia Spinosa)

Tara is a small leguminous tree native to Peru. Cultivated for its tannins, it is resistant to most pathogens and pests. Dried and ground to a powder, its pods produce a subtle purple tinted dye.