Indigo is among the oldest colours to be used for textile dyeing and printing. A variety of plants have provided indigo throughout history, but most natural indigo was obtained from those in the genus Indigofera – native to the tropics.
Cobalt blue pigment and indigo blue dye are two of the most distinctive and influential colourants employed by artists worldwide.
But it is the beauty of sea and sky – especially in the open ocean of the tropics – that truly reflects the spectrum of blue. Dreaming of blue skies on grey days, diving into crystal clear blue water whilst trapped at work, singing the blues, feeling blue … those moody blues manoeuvre through so many of our emotions. They capture light, dark and shade.
So this month we celebrate BLUE – all shades of blue – and continue our knit design journey, illuminating and reflecting all our moods.
Mood Indigo – music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills – classic jazz.
…..and maybe MY favourite version is by the late great Nina Simone…..