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Mood Indigo Collection - Cottons Jaipur

The Indigo Collection was inspired by the Indigo hues we see in our everyday lives. 

Mood Indigo is a series that pays tribute to the past. A natural Indigo dyeing process and a complex block printing technique known as Bagru Printing are used to produce the garments in the collection.

Indigo color's elegance accompanied with white reflects confidence, vivacity, freshness, and simplicity. It has a special Appeal. A perfect mood for a morning brunch. The collection has been designed to invite your senses to step into a historic mood with flashes of modern inspiration. The collection gravitates towards relaxed silhouettes that encourage movement. With Flowy Skirts to Slick Tops the collection embraces the ease of wear and effortless styles.

Mood Indigo is a series that pays tribute to the past. A natural Indigo dyeing process and a complex block printing technique known as Bagru Printing are used to produce the garments in the collection.

Indigo Skirt - Cottons Jaipur

 

HISTORY OF THE COLOUR INDIGO/ THE BLUE GOLD OF INDIA

Indigo, an ancient dye, has a long history in India. Indigo was produced by a number of plants, but those in the genus Indigofera produced the most natural indigo. The Genus Indigofera’s leaves, roots, and flowers do not have any blue in them. Rather, indigo dye is made by fermenting the leaves of specific plant varieties. 

In India, the Indigofera tinctoria plant was abundant. India was also the first country to introduce Indigo production into the international market, earning it the nickname "blue gold" for its high trading success.

 

HOW INDIGO DYE IS SUSTAINABLE-

By the end of the Nineteenth century natural indigo processing was no longer able to satisfy the demands of the textile industry and a quest for a simpler and easier way to obtain indigo began. Adolf von Baeyer, a German chemist, began working on indigo synthesis and synthetic indigo was introduced in 1898. It destroyed the indigo-growing industry in India within a decade and resulted in human misery for plantation workers as well as workers who were exposed to poisonous chemical dyes.

Natural indigo production has seen a revival due to environmental issues and increased demand for natural and organic dyes. It has also resulted in the protection of important cultural assets. Since natural indigo is mostly grown in rural communities in developing countries, it also provides jobs to farmers and communities in need of a boost.

Block Printing Bagru

BAGRU PRINTING AND INDIGO DYE-

Traditional Bagru block printing colors include indigo and other vegetable dyes. Artisans' families have been preserving the "recipes" for Bagru type vegetable dye prints for many decades.The natural methods for making indigo dye are intricate and involve precision as well as practice. For thousands of years, the ancient method of extracting Indican from plant leaves and converting it to indigo has remained unchanged. The Indigo dye can take a long time to produce the perfect color. Weather, water quality, and crop changes all have an effect on vegetable dye.

The age-old technique of bagru block printing entails the work of artisans, or historically the chippas, a caste of printers who use hand-carved wood blocks to stamp color onto lengths of cotton cloth day after day. Each pattern necessitates the hand carving of a new block with intricate designs; the designs must first be drawn on paper before being transferred to wood blocks, which are then dipped in natural dyes and stamped on to treated fabrics. Even when steps are taken, hand-printing has flaws that add to the piece's natural beauty. 

Bagru block printing technique has resulted in the development of truly unique fabric that links us to our rich heritage and history of handmade crafts bringing to life our vibrant culture.

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