Sunday, May 13, 2012


India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigo dye, derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the 'dye,' which was indikon.

The same indigo dye is contained in the woad plant, Isatis tinctoria, for a long time the main source of blue dye in Europe. Woad was replaced by true indigo as trade routes opened up, and both are now largely replaced by synthetic dyes.

Due to the popularity of ethnic and tribal trends in fashion and home d├ęcor, the color INDIGO and the technique of dyeing fabric indigo have once again made a Renaissance. Thought of the color of blue jeans or denim, indigo fabrics can be seen throughout the world in cultures from India to Africa to Central America and even Nimes in France.

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