INDIGO: by Jenny Balfour Paul

INDIGO: by Jenny Balfour Paul
Item#/SKU: 9781904982159

Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul

The blue dye indigo has been the world's most important dyestuff for almost 5,000 years. Indigo is the first book to cover in detail, at both the local and international level, all aspects of the subject - historical, agricultural, and botanical; chemical and technological commercial and economic; indigo's various uses in textiles and its many sociological, medicinal, folkloric, and other connotations. This volume pays particular attention to indigo's history as a trade commodity, including its commercial exploitation by the European colonial powers. The author examines the different plant sources and compares production and dyeing methods used in different cultures. The various patterning techniques used with indigo on a wide range of textiles are described, as are some uses of the dyestuff in traditional medicine and religious practices.

Hardcover, Pages: 272, Size: 8 '' X 11 ''

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