I am back in Jaipur, working on new block print designs.
In November, I attended a conference on INDIGO in Calcutta. It was organized by Sutra
What a wonderful Indigo Tribal Clan meeting! There were speakers, specialists and textile artisans from all over the world. There was also a terrific Indigo Exhibition, curated by Simon Marks.
Hands-on workshops, and a gathering of pan-Indian natural dye textile producers running a bustling shopping bazaar. The fabrics were beyond amazing.
I bought many one-of-a-kind handmade scarves to bring back for Spring 2018 Sister Bazaar, the finest handmade blues anywhere. More on the new stock later..
I want to share some pictures from the Indigo Sutra event.
Before the conference, I went on a three-day excursion around a region of Bengal that specializes in hand weaving and dyeing.
|Self, overjoyed to be immersed in blue on the Indigo Trail|
|An indigo vat must be carefully tended every day|
|A block of natural botanic source indigo|
|First dipped yarn. Indigo colour is best dipped 2 to 9 times to achieve a deep blue dye|
|Yarn after more dips.|
|Blue Gold. |
Fragments of 200 year old indigo cake. It had the luminosity of sapphire!