T E X T I L E A R T S
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.
Drying Indigo fabric in natural sunlight for oxidation creates the bright Indigo shade.