The compelling story of the world's oldest, most magical and best-loved dye.
Produced from plants by a process akin to alchemy, indigo has a unique chemistry that renders it compatible with every type of natural fibre. In today's multi-coloured world, it is hard to imagine the impact indigo must have had on the many civilizations that chanced upon it.
This is the first book to cover in detail all aspects of this fascinating subject. The author highlights indigo's long history as a trade commodity and examines from first- hand experience the different plant sources, comparing the production and dyeing methods practised around the world. The various patterning techniques used with indigo on a wide range of beautiful textiles are described, as are some curious uses of the dyestuff in traditional medicine and religious practices.
The author Jenny Balfour-Paul has published, lectured and broadcast extensively on indigo and related subjects. To find out more about this author, have a look at our Books Blog.