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The Incredible Story Of Indigo

The Incredible Story Of Indigo

November 11, 2019

Indigo - When Blue became Gold.

The artisanal ethnicity found in hues from nature coupled with an everlasting tinge of calmness, Indigo is as earthy as it gets. A native plant to India, the Indigofera tinctoria revolutionised the way we think about colours, dyes, and thereby the whole fashion blueprint (pun intended). 6000 years since its first documented usage, today a large portion of the dyes that are produced are synthetic.

At Indian Terrain, we felt the need to honour this indelible hue and the history of these beautiful shades of blue by recreating their story for the world. To weave a romance of unrequited love with the fabric is one; but to make a timeless classic of it is something wholly different - it is alluring and exciting.

Indigo - The Tough Ol’ Bird

The process of dyeing was never easy to begin with, and the Indigo dye can be exhausting to work with if one is a novice. Right through its pigment stage to the fabric dipping, it has its moods and temperaments, and only a skilled artisan would know the workings of the fabric in connection to the coloured vat. The mesmerising hue of Indigo comes from its exposure to oxygen, thus making it such an easily breathable colour that makes you feel complete when you slip into the fabric.

Indigo - The Time Traveller

Indigo has a convoluted history. During the British rule, the exotic hue was akin to the blood diamonds of Africa. With word spreading far across the world about Indigo’s versatility and its permanence, there have been many power battles fought to retain the rights to its royal appeal. From Africa, to Japan, Indigo had its own sub-culture for traditional dyeing, and gave birth to newer processes such as Ikkat that uses a resist pattern of dyeing. Thus was born the vibrancy of the blues.

Indigo - The Fabric of Sweat

The denim which is a fashion staple today, was once an esoteric product of the working class. Dyed with dark and pale tones of the raw indigo blue, denims were worn for heavy-duty lifting and back-breaking work (overalls ware the denim’s pseudonym). In the 19th century, Adolf von Baeyer, a German chemist produced the first synthetic Indigo. The rest is of course fashion history.

Indigo - The Trendsetter

High fashion today has embraced Indigo with all its charm and charisma. From the showstoppers in modish raw denim to the bright, tie-n-dyed patterned Indigo shirts, the fashion gradients work all the time, every time. The rigid dye and fabric have found a place of character in our wardrobes, and invariably in designing who we are. Choose from our Indigo shirts and sweaters, while pairing them with a suave Khaki to finish your look.

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