Indigo

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).

 

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Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Collection

by Anthony Cruz Legarda

Indigo dyed Tnalak Apron & denim

Indigo dyed Tnalak Apron & denim

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Indigo dyed Piña

Indigo dyed Piña

Indigo dyed barong and dress

Indigo dyed barong and dress

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Indigo dyed Piña cotton

Indigo dyed Piña cotton

Indigo dyed Piña Barong and khaki

Indigo dyed Piña Barong and khaki

ARTICLES

In Living Color

November 01, 2015

Combining age-old practices in indigo dye production with the latest technology, the CustomMade Crafts Center markets native products to support indigenous communities and forest conservation efforts. 

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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