Yesterday I spoke about the fantastic packaging for Starbucks Kati Kati blend and It started me thinking about indigo dyeing. Here is a super little video about the indigo dyeing process. Shame you can't experience the pong!
Indigo is one of the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. Many Asian countries, such as India, China, Japan and South East Asia have used indigo dyeing for centuries. It was first farmed on a commercial level in India and It was a luxury item imported to the Mediterranean from India by Arab merchants. The Romans used indigo as a pigment for painting and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Because of its high value as a trading commodity, indigo was often referred to as Blue Gold.