Indigo Dyeing

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Indigo dyeing

Derived from the leaves of shrubs in the Indigofera family, indigo dye has been used for millennia in most regions of India to colour yarn and fabric (especially cotton) in shades of blue. Indigo is a substantive dye, fixing without the help of a mordant, but requires expertise to successfully prepare and use. The process was demonstrated in this video for a V&A exhibition by the Cheepa family, indigo dyers living and working in Kala Dera, Rajasthan.

Patagonia’s use of natural indigo dye to replace synthetic indigo 


Indigood foam dye process

Indigood is an foam dyeing process that helps reduce the impact of textiles processing of denim. Created by Wrangler for their denim products, the process uses no water and claims to reduce energy and waste by 60% compared to standard denim dyeing processes. 


Find out more on the Wrangler website


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