Tradition and Innovation
Zoils & Pigments blends ancestral techniques with modern science, combining traditional methods of creating pigments with contemporary knowledge and practices. This is part of our commitment, to preserve heritage while embracing innovation.
Soil and mineral samples are exclusively collected from areas that are accessible, legally permissible, not known to be contaminated, and don’t promote deterioration of the landscape. Our botanical pigments are derived from plants cultivated by local farms.
We emphasize the importance of building a personal connection with materials and their origins. By sourcing pigments directly from the diverse soils and sharing information about each pigment's identity and characteristics, we encourage people to appreciate the rich diversity of the natural world.
About Rosario #Ox102
The dark reddish brown color comes from the Rosario series. It is a unique soil of the western area of Puerto Rico, formed with parent material of serpentinite rock. Approximately 135 km2 of serpentinite is distributed throughout southwestern Puerto Rico as three separate, elongated serpentinite belts: in Monte del Estado, Sierra Bermeja serpentinite and Río Guanajibo (Roehrig et al., 2015).
Rosario soils are characterized by being rich in clays and iron oxides. In addition, it may contain manganese-iron concretions, giving a darker and more intense color. This is a shallow soil and belongs to the Oxisol order.