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Indigo History

Indigofera tinctoria, also known as true Indigo, is a species of plant from the bean family that was one of the original sources of indigo dye. 


Indigo fabrics were originally worn under the armor of samurai to help keep bacteria out of wounds.


By the 17th century, 80 percent of all clothing in Japan was dyed in Indigo. This included kimonos, hand towels and bedding as this color has the ability to cling onto cotton fabrics.

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Indigo Dye


Indigo is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. The creation of Indigo dye can be complex as it involves a chemical processes to ferment the leaves of indigo plants to create the blue dye. This is why skilled craftsman are needed to ensure success when dying with indigo. 


Every culture has its own rituals, recipes and process for creating natural indigo dye. In Japan, indigo dye is revered for its association with the oceans, sky and inherent life force.


Indigo Dye

Indigo is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. The creation of Indigo dye is complex: it involves chemical processes to ferment the leaves of indigo plants to create the blue dye.


Skilled craftsman is needed to ensure success with indigo dying. Every culture has its own rituals, recipes and process for creating natural indigo dye.


In Japan, indigo dye is revered for its association with the oceans, sky and inherent life force.


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