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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
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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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HASH(0xa07877bc) out of 5 stars THE reference book on indigo March 2 2013
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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.
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HASH(0xa0750f48) out of 5 stars Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans Nov. 23 2012
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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
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HASH(0xa053b42c) out of 5 stars Thoroughly researched and documented with references Jan. 27 2014
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If you are really interested in the influence this one dyestuff has had historically and culturally, this book is an excellent source. The photographs and illustrations are great and the layout and quality of the printing is quite good.

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!
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HASH(0xa05ef474) out of 5 stars Detailed research Dec 31 2014
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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.
HASH(0xa079427c) out of 5 stars Terrific book for dyers and those wishing to understand the ... Dec 10 2015
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The author clearly has spent her professional life fully researching indigo, it's origins and history. Terrific book for dyers and those wishing to understand the all aspects of this amazing blue dye!