Journey of Organic Reds

Organic red pigments and dyes have been used and valued throughout history, ever developing new sources and methods of chemical modification. There are organic pigments derived from multiple sources including insects, plants and minerals each with both social and practical advantages and disadvantages.

Below is an interactive map highlighting a chronology of cochineal carmine; an impactful insect based red pigment from Mesoamerica which revolutionized European color palettes.

Following is a slideshow detailing the various popular red pigments throughout history.