INDIGO DYEING

 Indigo "neel"  is a natural dye

obtained from the plant Indigofera Tinctoria.

The indigo dye bath is made in large vats and then carefully maintained  for several months until exhausted. The cloth is then repeatedly immersed in the indigo vat and exposed to air to produce varying intensities, shades of  blue and white patterns are retained by the application of a paste made from natural clay mixed with wheat chaff and tree gum before dipping  the fabric into an Indigo dye bath. The clay paste prevents the dye from penetrating in the areas printed with paste.

 

We work directly with craftsman using natural indigo dyeing techniques and mud prints for creating our textiles.