Written by Sharon Taylor-Offord for Friends of Te Papa
Published on 10 Oct 2019
Huge demand for all the possible tones of the blue saw the development of synthetic indigo c1883. This process, which uses cyanide, allowed for commercial production and sale in Europe and resulted in the death of the natural trade in indigo. It became a forgotten art until the last 40 years. Now interest in conservation has led to the revival of old techniques, with more and more artisans engaging in the safe natural manufacture of indigo. Shani and Joji like to support this revival by socially and environmentally conscious individuals.
They share what they have learned through talks, by taking tours, and via their website. They created a link to accompany the Indigo talk so that we, and now you, dear reader, can benefit from this, at www.atitravel.nz/indigo.
Committee Member, Friends of Te Papa
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