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A little more on Indigo

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In honor of our Limited Edition Indigo Breeze throw, we wanted to share a little about the process of indigo dyeing. Indigo has a long tradition of providing deep, rich blue shades to every aspect of the textile industry. It is unique in the natural dye world, as it’s pigment is insoluble in water and must be reduced and oxygenated in order to release it’s dye potential. Dyeing with Indigo is a broad topic, but in a nutshell in order to dye with indigo, you must create a dye vat with precise chemical specifications: pH, oxygen levels and temperature. If any of the conditions are unbalanced, the indigo vat will not fulfill it’s color obligations. Our potent organic Indigo comes from India, in powder form.

Swans Island Indigo Dyeing Powder

Indigo powder

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The Indigo Breeze Throw

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Swans Island Indigo Breeze Woven Throw

The inspiration for this limited-edition woven throw came from two observations made several years ago: First, hand dyeing with natural dyes in a vat lends itself to producing a resist mark, a place where the dye does not take. Second, resist dyeing, such as that being done by Rowland Ricketts, has a long, proud tradition in many cultures, and can produce uniquely beautiful results.
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