INDIGO: THE FASCINATION WITH BLUE – TAASA Review March 2008

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This article was originally found in the March 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 12).

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Margaret White T he quest for one of nature’s rarest colours, indigo blue, once dubbed `blue gold’ and perhaps the oldest known dye, led to indigo being treasured as one of the world’s most valued commodities.

Indeed, the story of indigo is a complex and fascinating one linking virtually every known culture. The word indigo, derived from the Greek term from India, refers to the fact that much of the indigo exports originated from that subcontinent.

Indigo’s blue colouring may be extracted from the leaves of hundreds of species of the indigo plant, a perennial growing in tropical, subtropical and temperate climates...