Sunday, February 19, 2012
Indigo---Then and Now
In my class, Apparel and Textiles, at Montana State University, I did a brief history of indigo production, dyeing and printing. The discussion turned to today's use of indigo ( synthetic indigo was discovered in 1897, today's jeans are dyed with synthetic dyestuffs)...mainly blue jeans. Globally there are over 2.5 billion yards of indigo dyed denim produced annually. Sales of jeans in the US are a 450 million dollar market. The fact I found most amazing in preparing my lecture was it take 6,800 litres of water to make a pair of jeans!