Cochineal—a small insect that lived on cactus—was the primary red dye used in the ancient Americas to create brilliant crimson red. With the coming of the Spanish in the early 16th century and the age of global sea trade, it became the most sought-after source of red color. Elena Phipps, president of the Textile Society of America, presents research from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that traces this journey around the world.
Doors open at 2 pm.
Tickets are free for Alianza members, $3 for students with current ID, $5 for DAM members, $10 others.
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Sponsored by the Alianza de las Artes Americanas, a DAM support group.
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Image credit: Coca bag (detail), Peru, 5th or 6th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art.