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America, varieties of the indigofera plant have been cultivated and used in textile production for centuries. While synthetic dyes have largely replaced the lengthy and somewhat cumbersome method used to create indigo‚ it takes nearly a year to make, from planting to harvest, and then it must be fermented‚ a select few global communities continue with the old way.

In “Indigo: The Color that Changed the World,” Catherine Legrand travels the world in search of the people and communities that still produce indigo, tracking history through the lives of contemporary aFrom the Golden Triangle to Central artisans.TSA_BOOK_INDIGO_cover

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See slideshow of images by James Thorne

TSA_BOOK_INDIGO_01originally published by SNAP April 3, 2013