Indigo is a shrubby, herbaceous plant that grows 1 to 2 meters high in dry and tropical places. Its leaves are small and oval-shaped, and are arranged symmetrically like the malunggay (moringa). As a legume, it is a soil-improving ground cover, and a plant that yields a wide variety of blue color for textiles. Its scientific word is Indigofera tinctoria. In different plants of the Philippines, the indigo has many local names: anil (spanish word used in many areas of the country), tagung-tagung and tagum (Visayas), taiom (Ilocano), taium (Ivatan), taiung (Pampanga), taiong taiungan and tagum (Bicol).
by Anthony Cruz Legarda
Indigo dyed Tnalak Apron & denim
Indigo dyed Piña
Indigo dyed barong and dress
Indigo dyed Piña cotton
Indigo dyed Piña Barong and khaki
Reviving the art of dye weaving
January 30, 2016
Indigo was once widely favored by the local weaving industry as a traditional way of adding color to fabrics due to its excellent resistance from fading or running. Yet, over the years, this natural dye was pushed to the sidelines by the emergence of cheaper and easier to obtain synthetic dyes which were quick to be embraced by textile manufacturers...
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/reviving-the-art-of-dye-weaving/#uKR5IX8M3c5jq8cC.99
Indigo trade getting rid of the blues
March 16, 2016
The unassuming plant that grows wild in farms all over the country does not look like much, but there was a time when the indigofera tinctoria was among the most prized in the world.
Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/208627/indigo-trade-getting-rid-of-the-blues#ixzz45eYVrvCB
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