Zero Waste Fabric Scrap Bag – Hand Woven Denim

Hand woven denim off cuts

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Indigo dye and its origins, long before blue denim hit the scene

Indigo the Back Story Despite the name indigo no one knows precisely who first started using Indigo as a dye but its likely to have originated from India.  Its use goes back over many centuries and there are stories from cultures spread over the world.  Indigo dye is an attractive colour for use in a clothing dye and has been widely used in many cultures.  It is thought this is where the phrase “blue collar” workers might have originated as it was the most common colour used to dye denim. There are tales from many different cultures and regions that indicate that using indigo as a natural dye was discovered independently. The indigo ‘flower’ that forms on the top of an indigo dye vat Indigo dye pots, Northern Sumatra, 1980. Image borrowed from “indigo- EYGPTIAN MUMMIES TO BLUE JEANS” By kind permission of Jenny Balfour Paul. PHOTO CREDIT Sandra Niessen Indigo history from around the world As a small snapshot to illustrate this, in Japan, the samurai used to dye their clothes in natural indigo dye to wear for battle under armour.  It’s thought that it has anti-bacterial properties and protected the wounds.  By dyeing the fabric, it was stiffer and also odour and dirt resistant. In Nigeria the world famous Koftar Mata Dye Pit has a sign above its entrance stating that it was opened in 1498. Here in Europe, the only original true colour remaining of the Bayeaux tapestry is indigo. A recent discovery at an archaeological dig in Peru, said the earliest trace of Indigo being used as a dye may have been over 6,000 years ago, quite hard to comprehend. Cotton fibres were found with indigo on them. It was a lucrative trade for merchants and there is still lots of evidence of the riches that came …

Indigowares Blog

The Indigowares Blog Where Does Boho Style Come from? Take a look back at the origins of the style we now know as ‘boho’, from nomadic countercultures to present day celebs. The Art of Block Printing Read about the history of block printing including the mud printing techniques used in our Spring 22 collection Timeless Tie Dye A look at the origins of tie dye and how to make your own DIY patterns with natural dyes. Growing and Harvesting Indigo A look at the full process of growing and harvesting indigo, with images of every step. Tracing the Indigo Criss Cross Jacket The first of our Seed to Closet collection, where we trace every material back to the earth and artisans who created it. What is Kantha Stitching? Our Kantha jackets are created with a traditional Bengali technique. Read about it here! An Indigo Story The story of Kiran Sandhu, the indigo artist who grows, harvests,  and creates our indigo cakes on her farm. The Eco Printing Process A look at the natural printing processes that use botanical dyes found in leaves, dried or fresh flowers, herbs, some food waste and natural dye extracts. Our Story So Far Click to read about the philosophy behind Indigowares, and the journey that started it all. Levi’s Reimagine: The First Steps The story of our collaboration with Levi’s to design and hand-dye their Reimagine Collection What is a Kantha Jacket? When you buy a Kantha Jacket from Indigowares, you’re not only gaining a comfortable and sustainable wardrobe staple. Your new garment is a one-of-a kind treasure, rich in history and tradition – read all about it here! The Magical Indigo Plant Did you know that natural indigo dye comes from a plant? We look at the steps to take the plant from harvest through to …

COLLABORATIONS & PRESS

Levi’s x Indigowares – The REimagine Collection Reimagine is a segment of Levi’s ‘REPAIR REWEAR REIMAGINE’ initiative created in collaboration with Indigowares and sold exclusively at Levi’s Haus Store. With Haus, Levi’s not only imagined a concept for a single new location— this store acts as a blueprint for a reinvented consumer experience. A ‘circular-economy concept’, that requires little to no water spending and only the use of natural indigo dye for the creation of Levi’s Reimagine. Click the image above to see Indigowares x Levi’s featured in The Industry Read our story of Indigowares’ collaboration with Levi’s here Click the image above to see Indigowares x Levi’s featured in Vogue Indigowares’ collaboration with Levi’s was also featured in: Drapers Online Retail Focus Just Style Wallpaper The Spinoff We have been featured in :

OUR STORY SO FAR

Hello! I’m Lisa Reddings, the woman behind Indigowares. My love for the heritage and practice of indigo dyeing was my driving force when creating Indigowares. I take each garment as an opportunity to innovate a modern spin on long-established textile practices such as Shibori techniques, block printing and dip-dyeing. All of these are performed with natural dyes and eco-friendly practices. Sustainability is at the heart of Indigowares. Our philosophy is completely in line with the slow fashion revolution; we focus on craft, environmentally friendly processes, and traceability, making each garment to last. About me The philosophy that I’ve built Indigowares on is a result of my ever-evolving career in the fashion industry. Prior to creating Indigowares, I had spent 20 years training and working as a textile designer.   A good amount of my work was as a conceptual print designer, creating prints, denim treatments and finishes for well-known brands as well as independent print studios in New York and London. This work fuelled my love of textile creation. But during this time, I also began to notice the toll that the fast fashion process started to take. The work done in these fast paced, mass-production driven design studios began to feel rushed. There seemed to be less and less space for part of the process that I loved so much – digging deep to research, learn, and create classic timeless garments. Being on this fast fashion treadmill led to feelings of burnout. It wasn’t ideal for the design process, or for the innovation towards sustainable practices that has always been at my heart. My journey towards Indigowares began here. I wanted to create a response to this burnout, instead placing ethics, craft and beauty at the centre of the design process. I landed on the idea for Indigowares while I …