Just thought you should know: If you put on lipstick or blush today, you may have reddened yourself with pulverized insects. The dye carmine (also called crimson lake, natural red No. 4 and E120) is made by crushing the tiny cochineal beetle, a cactus parasite common to Central and South America. This ancient ingredient was originally used by Aztecs and Mayans for dyeing fibers such as cotton and yucca, and this is the use you can experiment with at Oil and Cotton's cochineal dye class, where attendees will learn about cochineal's history and harvest and dye their own cotton bag. Color with bugs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 837 W. 7th St. Cost is $65. Call 214-988-9189 or visit oilandcotton.com.
Sun., Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2011
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