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Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans Paperback – Sep 22 2011

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (Sept. 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079896
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historical reflections on the cultivation, use, and politics in this world of blues--from India to Palestine to the Solomon Islands to Nigeria.... Stunningly illustrated and richly researched, Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans tells the history of the dye set against the backdrop of an industrial world. (Julie Foreword Reviews 2012-03-06)

This beautifully illustrated volume presents many details on the history, creation, use and significance of indigo dye.... Balfour-Paul communicates her fascination with indigo, and the many compelling photographs are a treat. (Kathryn Wekselman Library Journal 2012-08-01)

About the Author

Jenny Balfour-Paul, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, is a partner in "Silk Road Connect", an exciting educational initiative of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. A renowned authority on indigo, she has been publishing, lecturing, exhibiting and broadcasting on dye and related subjects for well over twenty years.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
THE reference book on indigo March 2 2013
By Paula Bernard - Published on
A magical topic. Full of fascinating facts and inspiring images from the world over, this is my reference book on indigo. Keep coming back to it for history and ideas on colour, plants and organic processes, dyeing techniques and patterning, cultural traditions. I lost my original copy, and was delighted to find this latest edition has a fascinating new chapter on blue jeans and the future of natural indigo - currently being revived in France, India, Japan and many other countries serious about ethical, ecologically sound, sustainable production. Also a really important education project with young people of Harlem NYC for which Balfour Paul was consultant, initiated by Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road team - connecting everyday blue jeans to history of world trade, including slavery.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource Sept. 30 2011
By CR - Published on
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This book has been my go-to resource in researching indigo dye and indigo-dyed textiles, Japanese or otherwise. I had previously been unaware of the worldwide market for indigo throughout the last several centuries, but this book certainly broadened my awareness. As a textile writer and researcher, I cannot imagine working without this book handy. Color images, historical engravings, cultural background, and a general wealth of information make it worth the investment.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Blues Oct. 12 2010
By writtenbookphile - Published on
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Indigo is exactly what it says it is...a book that explores indigo in as many variations as it is used by dyers worldwide. It is an invaluable reference, historical and cultural resource in which substantial text is illustrated with great photography.

For anyone interested in indigo, this is definitely a best buy from
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans Nov. 23 2012
By Nancy Page - Published on
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If you have ever been interested in how our color pallet came about you will treasure this book. it is a must have to any dyers library
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Detailed research Dec 31 2014
By Scrupulous Researcher - Published on
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Detailed, meticulously researched information on indigo and its history. Whether you are a textile historian or a fiber artist, the technical information in this book is of great value.