Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans Paperback – Sep 22 2011
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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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The writing is academic and a bit ponderous. There are levels of detail that many of us, who just want to become better informed, could do without. There is also very little material on the current state of the art for current indigo usage in industrial production. We are presented a lot of material about native and small lot dyeing that could have been placed into better perspective with at least a photograph and short write-up of a modern continuous denim dye range as a contrast.
An informative book, but certainly NOT light reading!