Kokoro

Índigo Culture & Crafts

In my textile studio I carry out all the processes with the indigo plant that are traditionally carried out separately: from the cultivation of the indigo, the vats preparation, the dyeing and the design.

THE DYEING PROCESS

The fibres dyed with natural indigo are durable, difficult to burn, have an insect repellent effect and heat retention. It has been used in everyday clothes since ancient times.

As a curiosity Indigo is said to have antiseptic and detoxifying effects and has been used as a Chinese medicine.

I work to bring back traditional indigo vat techniques and design great textiles with creative intent that are rooted in the modern age and honor the human touch.

 

work

All my products are limited series, elaborated from my studies and investigations and they serve me to be able to support this project.

ABOUT THE INDIGO

Indigo has a history as intense as its color

Indigo has been used to dye fabrics for millennia: the oldest evidence of its use dates back to 6,000 years ago in Huaca Prieta, Peru, but it was used in Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Mesoamerica and Africa, in addition to India, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Although it is a dye that is widespread throughout the planet, there are different types of plants that give us that wonderful blue: Isatis, Persicaria, Wrightia and Strobilantthes.

I am growing two species of indigo: Persicaria tinctoria and Isatis tinctoria.

Mapa distribución índigo
Distribution of different varieties of indigo around the world. Adaptation: Natural Dyes: sources, tradition, technology and science. Archetype publications. Cardon,Dominique(2007).

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

We have several learning courses and different types of training.