Is there another color linked more iconically to fabric than indigo? We think not. This rich hue, long associated with denim (especially Japanese varieties), is a huge favorite of ours for its depth, intrigue, and slight yellow undertone, which makes it ripe for striking pairing possibilities.
Natural indigo dye is derived, in a multistep process that has remained largely unchanged for thousands of years, from tropical plants in the genus Indigofera. A series of stepped tanks are set up, and the freshly clipped plants are placed in the top tank. They’re fermented, along with the enzyme indimulsin, during which the glycoside indican (the dye precursor) is broken down into indoxyl and glucose. About 14 hours later, the resulting liquid is drained into the second tank and stirred. The indoxyl then oxidizes into indigotin (the concentrated pigment), which settles to the bottom of the tank. The top layer of liquid is removed and the pigment is poured into another tank, where heat is applied to halt the fermentation process. Finally, the mixture is filtered to remove impurities and allowed to dry into a powder.
Indigo is one of the world’s oldest dyes and was first produced in earnest in India. From there is spread to Greece and Rome, where royals paid top dollar for this luxury product. It has long been considered a symbol of trust, truthfulness, and stability, and it’s related to the sixth chakra, which governs the third eye—the center of intuition, mysticism, and understanding. The energy of this color is thought to connect us to our unconscious self and enhance all sorts of cool stuff like imagination, psychic powers, and dream activity. So we say, splash it liberally around the house and enjoy. Because who couldn’t use a little more imagination and dreaming?
- Indigo bunting (bird)
- Pine Cone Hill Infinity Navy tea towel
- Pine Cone Hill Resist Stripe decorative pillow
- Dash & Albert Two-Tone Rope Navy/Ivory rug
- Art print: Unknown
- Pine Cone Hill Candlewick Ink throw
- Dash & Albert Mahkeenac Outdoor Chair Navy
- Pine Cone Hill Granulation scarf
- Pine Cone Hill Resist Dot coverlet and sham
- bowl of powder