SIMPLY THE BEST NATURAL INDIGO OF THE WORLD! EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY (color, odor, texture…)
A new natural blue pigment from Indigofera suffruticosa Mill. – produced in Guadeloupe (a French tropical island in the Carribeans) from organic crops in medium moutains and hosting two endemic bees from Guadeloupe – by PHYTOBÔKAZ and its subsidiary to come : Couleurbôkaz. GREEN‘ING is involved in this development.
This natural indigo with the highest indigotin content, is developped from a scientific project, both based on tradition and new technologies.
100 % natural blue pigment, manufactured from fresh leaves.
Main components : natural indigotin min 50%. Product in powder form.
Textile dyeing : the indigo dye provides ranges of blue shades, from very clear to dark, with a very good lightfastness and washfastness. Its use in textile needs to turn it from an oxidized state (blue pigment, insoluble) to a reduced state (greenish yellow pigment, soluble) which will allow to fix on fibers before being again oxidized (by the oxygen of air – a magic step that develops the blue color). These reactions can be processed in natural vats by using our fructose syrup and hydrated lime for instance (1-2-3 vat type) or by using a chemical reducing agent (sodium hydrosulphite or thiourea). The indigo can be easily combined with other dye extracts (yellow, red for example) to widen the pallet of shades (green, purple…).
Instructions and downloads : Preparation of indigo vats & dyeing instructions, advanced information on indigo natural vats (only in French, sorry).
Paintings, decoration, fine arts : the indigo is then directly used as a natural pigment, after homogenizing into the selected binder or medium. It may be necessary to grind the pigment into the medium in order to develop the colour and avoid big particles.
Other uses : cabinetmaking, ink.
The plant :
Indigofera suffruticosa Mill. is a shrub of 60-120 cm high. Its origin is not well known.
This species originating from central America was the main indigo used by old mexican and peruvian civilizations. It was intensively grown and distributed into several tropical regions.
Indigofera suffruticosa Mill. is better adapted to medium mountains than I. tinctoria L. Compared to the other plant, pods are curved and it has a softer green foliage.
The production of natural indigo developped in Carribean islands and especially in Guadeloupe from 1630. In 1696, 125 indigo farms were producing natural indigo, mainly for the European manufactures. The renewal of this indigo from Guadeloupe is, therefore, part of this inheritage.