Jenny Balfour-Paul

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ISBN: 1904982158
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 275 x 220 mm
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 160 colour, 39 halftone

Indigo tells the compelling and comprehensive 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 all natural fibres. From the time of the ancient Pharaohs it made an incredible impact worldwide as the world's only source of blue of every hue, being the mark both of 'blue-collar workers' and of aristocrats wearing 'royal blue'. It was also indispensable for creating a glorious range of colours in combination with other natural dyes. Providing paint and medicine, it has also featured in many rituals. Its fascinating history continued after the invention of synthetic indigo, used to dye the world's most popular garment, denim jeans. For environmental reasons, indigo from nature is making a comeback today in many countries.

This classic book, previously published by the British Museum Press, is now an Archetype title.

Combines practical wisdom with a tireless search for historical evidence...magnificent illustrations.
Times Higher Education Supplement

This beautiful book surpasses all I could have ever hoped for and will, I am sure, become the classic, definitive work on indigo and its place in human history.
Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

This splendid book has all one could wish for in the study of indigo.
Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland 12(2) (2002) 202-205 a must-read for everyone interested in learning more about indigo. Well-chosen illustrations and photos, of both past and present, complement the text.
CALLIOPE (September 2010) 47