Inspiring indigo

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A dyer uses a metate to grind the indigo the traditional way in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

Indigo was one of the most sought-after ingredients of the New World. But the plant, Indigofera tinctoria, is grown on at least five continents, and textile artists have long used it the world over.

This list is a tribute to those indigo-istas who dye it so well today.

  1. Indigo and Snow, home of the Minneapolis-based artist Annabella Sardelis, a fixture at the Mill City Market and always up for a convo about indigo.
  2. Aboubakar Fofana, Malian-born and France-based artist whose earthy work totally floors us.
  3. Flextiles, a blog operated by a U.K. shibori artist who always has something interesting to say.
  4. Bouaisu, a Bushwick, Brooklyn-based workshop focused on traditional Japanese indigo techniques.
  5. The artists of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, who take the time to show their passion.