Indigo: The Color that Changed the World, explores those places where the ancient blue dye traditions still survive. The journey follows the thread that links Japan to Central America via southern China, India and Mali. The reader learns that the process of indigo dyeing is the same worldwide: cultivation and harvesting of the plant, extraction of the pigment, preparing the dye bath, and dyeing the cloth or yarn. It is a study in botany and chemistry, world exploration, commerce and slave trade, cultural identity, medicine, folk beliefs, handcrafts, globalization, and fashion. More than 500 beautiful photographs and illustrations provide close-ups of patterns and techniques.
•11.75"W x 1.25"D x 10"H
•by Catherine Legrand