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Monday, December 12, 2005

Indigo

The word Indigo has a deep cultural history, its root being derived from the Greek word indicum, meaning a substance from India. Dyes were a highly priced commodity in the early 17th century amongst the silk route and made popular by the East India Company. Named after the plant which bears the same name, Indigo the color (or dye) was being sold in finished textiles rather than raw material by the mid 17th century.

During the second half of the 18th century Bengal and Bihar became the major processors of Indigo through promotion by the East India Company. Much to the distress of the rest of the country Bengal quickly became the world's biggest producer of indigo causing riots in Bihar and other parts of the vast country.

Indigo made a major contribution to the fashions of the 20th and 21st century when it was used to color denim used for dungarees (jeans). First made popular by Levi Strauss in the 1800s. during the gold rush. So, the next time you purchase a pair of jeans or anything colored with this rich and beautiful dye, you can be reminded of the rich history of indigo.

26 Comments:

Blogger Neel said...

"I'm back baby!" Frank Constansa, Seinfeld.

6:34 PM

 
Blogger Ro said...

yea! woo hoo!

also, moved away from blogger. new blog can now be found here.

9:27 PM

 
Blogger transience said...

awesome, neel! welcome back. =)

12:01 AM

 
Blogger nomadic_waves said...

Call me a racist...call me a typical Bong...but wherever i see a mention of Bengal, my heart warms up and yeah!now i have another new word 'indigo' that shall conjure up images of my place....while i sit miles away and brood...
Btw, i have finally removed da iron curtain and made my blog public again...my blog is accessible now...

12:16 AM

 
Blogger Pallavi said...

cool neel .. Nice to see you .. and yeah have you read about indigo children.. when you have the time do check it out... :)

oh and I have changed my site address. FYI

www.bubblingbrooks.com

9:43 AM

 
Blogger mermaid said...

Indigo, Bengal, huh? Nice history. What else comes from Bengal, besides the great Tagore?

5:37 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Hi Ro, I checked out your blog, very cool!

Transience, thanks good tobe back. I love the new clip of Bjork.

Waves, I wouldnt call you a racist, I would call you someone who loves his home and has great pride. On my way to your blog now.

Pallavi, I will check your site
now.

Hi Sweetness (Mermaid), a lot of the words in the English language are Bengali such as, veranda and bungalo. I write a post on Bengals influence on the world soon.

12:52 AM

 
Blogger Jaxe said...

hahahha! What is up West Side? Yes you are baaaaaaaaaaaack finally! What's new? Anything shakin'? (and did you post this while buzzing, haha!) Indigo... hmmm, cool name for a song!

9:42 AM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

indeed. and i happen to adore indigo.

welcome back. you hunk.

6:00 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

Hey Jaxe, yes, it would be a cool name, I am thinking of calling my new business Indigo. Peter Murphy (Bahaus) wrote a song called "Indigo Eyes" circa 1987.

Sarah! You are the sweetest!

8:42 PM

 
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

That was really interesting Neel, have a wonderful Christmas and even better New Year

11:15 AM

 
Blogger Yogesh Jangam said...

Back in Black (AC/DC)

or rather Indgo...Thats quite true about Indigo.

I've read in our school history that farmers were forced to move from food crops to crops like Indigo,Tea. Indigo also resulted in lands losing their fertility value...

Hey nice post
and Welcome back

10:30 PM

 
Blogger misterniceguy1960 said...

Indigo is often used to dye canvas, also known as dungaree -- both names with Indian connections.

So yes, every pair of "American blue jeans" is made of Indian fabric, dyed with Indian pigment. Satyameva Jayate!

12:28 AM

 
Blogger transience said...

happy new year's, neel!

7:06 PM

 
Blogger NicoleBraganza said...

Very Interesting Neel. Think I should come by here more often...how you doing? All the Best for the New Year!!!!

12:05 PM

 
Blogger Jenn said...

Come out, come out, wherever you are...

10:38 AM

 
Blogger iamnasra said...

Neel its been awhile since i heard from you..

Thanks to tell us aboout Indigo..such wealth of information

TC
Nasra

11:12 AM

 
Blogger Pallavi said...

Neel Neel Neel :) ;P and we should be reminded of someone else when we think of Neel ( indigo) yes :) how are you

12:50 AM

 
Blogger Sk8RN said...

What fun bit of history. I will definitely appreciate my jeans more, knowing this. Glad to see you back! Yippee!

10:13 AM

 
Blogger preetishere said...

hey neel:).......

1:46 AM

 
Blogger Neel said...

i know i have said it before, but i am back. For real this time! Been working l4 hours a day and had little time to do anything else. But here I am!

11:05 AM

 
Blogger misterniceguy1960 said...

I hope things have been going well for you since your last appearance here.

Forever in blue jeans....

3:01 PM

 
Blogger mermaid said...

14 hours a day? Yikes. I don't think I could still stand, let alone think.

12:53 PM

 
Blogger Neel said...

expect to see new postings very soon!

11:10 AM

 
Blogger iamnasra said...

its been long time

3:26 AM

 
Blogger tier1 said...

wow i like history....

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4:28 AM

 

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