Apr 19, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Catherine Legrand releases Indigo: The Color that Changed the World, a must-have book that traces the history and use of indigo throughout the world.
While indigo’s existence in textiles has been around for centuries, its presence and appreciation in modern fashion has been notably growing as of late. A heady mix between violet and blue, indigo’s mesmerising, striking and much loved beauty has been intrinsic to many cultures throughout history with artisan’s the world over cultivating, processing and practising blue-dye traditions in textile design. Today it continues to inspire creativity with designers across denim, apparel and interiors (to name a few) looking to indigo’s ancient techniques, patterns, and clothing traditions as a source of inspiration.
Indigo: The Colour That Changed the World, a new book by Catherine Legrand and published by Thames & Hudson, visits those places where the ancient blue-dye traditions still survive and indigo is part of everyday life. The hardback release offers an insightful documentation of the dye to demonstrate why indigo has been so important and renowned in multiple textile practices for so many centuries. The journey takes the reader through villages and markets, to dye studios, second hand shops and museums of ethology, following the blue thread that links Japan to Central America via southern China, India and Mali.
Gloriously curated, much like the beautiful textiles it portrays, this lavish book takes the reader on an international tour of indigo textiles, presenting a huge swathe of remarkable clothing, people, and fabric. Legrand spent the last 20 years traveling the world (America, China, India, Africa, Central Asia, Japan, Laos, and Vietnam) documenting the practices, garments, art, and communities the indigofera plant has been present in. The book features 500+ original color photographs and specially commissioned illustrations, as well as unique commentary explaining why the modern world is still fascinated with the ancient and timely processes. This is an essential purchase for any fashion and textile enthusiast, especially all you denim heads out there.
Below are some more images from the book to entice you even more:
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