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    DescriptionProduced from plants by a process akin to alchemy, indigo has a unique chemistry that renders it compatible with all natural fibres. From the time of the ancient Egyptians it made an incredible impact worldwide as the world's only source of blue of every hue, and was also indispensable for creating a glorious range of colours when combined with other natural dyes. It is hard to imagine the incredible impact indigo must have made on the many civilizations that chanced upon it. This classic study, reissued with a new final chapter, examines this extraordinary dye from all angles: the historical, agricultural and botanical origins of the different plant sources; different production and dyeing methods; commerce and economics; various patterning techniques used on a wide range of beautiful textiles; indigo's continued presence in folklore, art and alternative medicine; and its iconic status as the dye that makes blue jeans blue. The accumulation of over twenty years research on the subject, Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans is the richly told story of a commodity that has been central to international trade and textile production for centuries, across time and cultures. Richly illustrated throughout with stunning details and scenes from around the world, this is the definitive study of the fascinating dye behind blue denim.


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    Title
    Indigo
    Subtitle
    Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jenny Balfour-Paul
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 223 mm
    Height: 275 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 1,150 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780714150963
    ISBN 10: 0714150967
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    BIC E4L: ART
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009010
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000, ART025000
    DC22: 667.26
    BISAC V2.8: DES013000
    BIC subject category V2: AFW, TDCJ
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25890
    BISAC V2.8: CRA007000
    DC22: 667.257
    Illustrations note
    200 illustrations, 150 in colour
    Publisher
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Imprint name
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London