Monday, June 28, 2010

The emergence of synthetic red in Central America

It is often stated that synthetic dyes (especially red) took off fast and spectacular in Central America, and that the why of this is still an open question.
Just as wild hypothesis now, but could it be an anti-colonialistic reaction to the cochenille-trade that was largely in the hands of the Spanish colonizers/usurpers?
That synthetic dyes provided a way to break free of the obligation to buy their own product at overrated prices from the hands of the Spanish?
Besides, the obsession with bright reds would have found a welcome counterpart in the synthetic colours.
Just a mental note. More on this later?

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