hand weaving in Spain and cochineal production in Lanzarote

Regular readers might remember my visit to Galicia in Northern Spain last October to visit hand weaver Anna Champeney and basket maker Lluis Grau blogs here, here and here
I was there to help with an internet marketing for craftspeople course and since Anna has set up a very nice blog which I would recommend to anyone with a broad interest in crafts.
http://www.textilesnaturales.com/

I particularly enjoyed a recent post on the history of chochineal production in Lanzarote.
This is the cochineal insect that produced the red and purple dye that was in huge demand before chemical dyes.

And here is Anna using a traditional Lanzarote loom and cochineal dyed yarn.

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