Fascinated by the chemistry of cochineal’s carminic acid, Centeno uses its chemical structure and molecular formula as design motivation for this woven textile. Working with master dyers and weavers from the Teotitlán del Valle region in Mexico, Centeno manipulates cochineal dye baths with a variety of additives to yield a spectrum of tones and colors.
This video was made with funding from the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Demonstrated by Marisol Centeno
Directed by Guillermo Magariños
Videographer: Josué Eber Morales
Edited by Micah Pegues
Series produced by Christina De León and Chris J. Gauthier
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