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Beautiful pictures, and a compelling way into the story of indigo. I learned a lot from this. The author sometimes writes as if she's telling a story everyone already knows-- a habit of scholarly writing, perhaps, that works less well when speaking to an audience like me that is ready to learn about textile history, but knew very little indeed when I picked the book up. But with my scholarly hat on, I also found it frustrating that the book seemed to offer few pointers about where I might follow ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Adrianna Scibor rated it liked it
This is the book of books on indigo color and dye. I used this book as a reference for writing a short paper about indigo for one of my classes this semester and was amazed by the history, the different indigo plants, the origins of the word, the wonderful examples of textiles dyed with indigo and art made with the color; there is even a section on woad. The author really put forward the time and effort to research and write this book and it is simply amazing.