Indigo Block Print
The history of Indigo is derived from the leaves of a plant, ‘Indigo Fera Tintoria’. Dyeing takes a lengthy process, but when it is completed it is worth the wait. It is no doubt that the process is complex, but that’s how you get the finest Indigo fabric in the market.
One of the benefits of advanced dyeing is that the print on the fabric is dusted with saw dust, which prevents smudging till the fabric is completely dry. After the cloth is dried, it is placed under the sun and then the process of dipping in the vat takes place.
Once the cloth is drawn, it turns greenish; however if exposed to the air, the Indigo is oxidized and reaches its original blue state. With every repeated step of this process of exposing the fabric to the air, you will get darker shade of blue. Sometimes, the cloth is reprinted with a different block in order to get a light blue pattern before the dipping takes place.
When the fabric reaches the desirable shade of blue, it is washed to remove any unwanted indigo that is not required for the final output. The entire process and technique takes about 6 days to complete. Once the task is accomplished, the entire vat is emptied and cleaned to remove sand and dirt.
The process takes over again to get fine Indigo fabric.