BLUE ALCHEMY: STORIES OF INDIGO
|December 25, 2011||Filled under DENIM HISTORY, DENIM TECHNOLOGY|
Ever wonder where indigo came from… here’s an aperitif… working on a little blue 101 for you…
BLUE ALCHEMY: STORIES OF INDIGO is a feature-length documentary about indigo, a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia. It is also about remarkable people around the globe who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world.
Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color (see indigo). Historically, indigo was a natural dye extracted from plants, and this process was important economically because blue dyes were once rare. Nearly all indigo dye produced today — several thousand tons each year — is synthetic.