Indigo is one of my most favorite colors. It is the most beautiful color for watercoloring and creates and amazing ambiance in any room. After doing some research, I have found that this color represents so much more throughout history than I have ever known. From India, Asia, Europe and America, this color has traveled all over the world for centuries and at one time was as valuable as gold, silks and exotic foods like chocolate!
In an excerpt from the book, Indigo: In Search of The Color That Seduced The World by Catherine E. McKinley, she talks about Indigo and how powerful that color has been throughout history. "Blue is one of nature's rarest colors. Indigo, a dye obtained from the tiny leaves of small parasitic shrubs that are part of the Indigofererearsa tribe, creates the bluest of blues. For almost five millennia, in every culture, and every major religion, indigo has been one of the world's most valued pigments. No color has been prized so highly or for so long, or been at the center of such turbulent human encounters.
At one point, Indigo In the ancient trans-Saharan trade, camel-powered desert ships carried indigo with African captives, gold, salt, kola, and other sumptuary items like ivory and ostrich feathers to Mediterranean hubs where African, Arab, Asian, and European markets converged. Italians expanded this commerce across Northern Europe throughout the Middle Ages, where it was in great demand for textile manufacturing because of its superiority to European woad in color, fastness, and compatibility with every fiber."
Excerpted from Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley. Copyright 2011 by Catherine E. McKinley. Excerpted by permission of Bloomsbury Publishing. All rights reserved.