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20. Samples of silk cloth dyed with cochineal, showing the many different hues that can be achieved by adding ­mordants and other modifiers to the dyebath

21, 22. Matrícula de tributos (Mexico, early 16th century), fol. 23 (below left): annual tribute owed by the towns in the Coaixtlahuacan region in the northern part of the state of Oaxaca to the Aztec Empire, including 40 bags of grana cochinilla (indicated by two red-spotted bags), equivalent to two zurrónes, or Spanish leather sacks; fol. 24 (right): tribute owed every 80 days by the towns of the Zapotec region of Coyolapan in the central part of Oaxaca, including 20 bags of cochineal. Biblioteca Nacional de Antropología y Historia, Mexico City (Codex 35-52)

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