Dyes of Indigo

Blue is the new Black in the up and coming fashion scene and has also been spotted in interior design forecasts.

It could be the love of water and sky that draws me to the vibrant blues in Indigo or loving anything organic and natural. The history itself, the pure rawness of hand dyed fabrics and purity of natural materials. Indigo dyes are made from various plants growing in tropical climates. Indigofera is of 750 species.

Long ago it was said that if a man wears his hands stained blue, showed affluence. Indigo goes far back in history touching every inhibited area of the globe and still plays a major roll in economies and culture in West African countries. Now worn mostly for ceremonies and special occasion, the Indigo dying economies are quickly disappearing. Markets have flooded with mass production and artificial dyes and poor working conditions. True indigo is an art, a craft and skill  passed from generation to generation who are finding it nearly impossible to sustain themselves. Today true Indigo is being appreciated by collectors for adding colour and culture to home décor and hung in well designed spaces all over the world.

Today organic materials are stronger than ever and Indigo is a name associated with purity.

This season when you visit Karger Gallery, you will quickly notice the blue influence of Indigo. We bring you a special grouping of Indigo dyed fabrics from Africa. The large pieces are perfect for dressing up a bed, the medium hang beautifully without framing and the small tops a dining table beautifully. Having the fabric framed, would give you a rich and dramatic look as a one of a kind piece art piece at a fairly affordable price.

Thank you for reading and sharing a passion for natural materials art culture and history

Sunlight through Indigo