Indigofera Tinctoria (also called true indigo) is a legume, part of the bean family of plants, and is an excellent source of indigotin. Indigo cake / lump is beautiful to behold. It does help keep the dye in a compact form for long term storage. AnneGeorges also sells the powdered format of this Indigo Cake over here - Indigo Extract Powder.
Perfect for natural dyeing of fabrics, coloring soaps and bath products.
Sustainably sourced, fair trade supply. Bottled carefully in food grade jars at source in India.
February 2023. Freshest. Always.
Safety Data Sheet is available and a printed copy is included with every order. You may also order a Digital Copy of Safety Data Sheet at no extra cost.
Indigo is a vat dye. A beginner level dyer will find it is interesting to experiment with indigo, but consistent results will come with experience. This is the most rewarding of dyes and a single pot can go on indefinitely with a bit of care and warmth.
Dye color: Shades of soulful blues.
Content: 100% botanical extract of Indigofera Tinctoria in dried lump form.
Storage: Store in dry, cool place away from light.
For your study of natural colors in soaping:
NATURAL SOAP COLOR and NATURAL SOAP COLOR - PLANT MAGIC by Jo Haslauer are the perfect companions for your study of soap making with natural color. Jo is a true color forager; she is constantly discovering and perfecting natural colors for soaping.
In THE NATURAL SOAP COLOR PALETTE, Kandra Churchwell shares her joy of soapmaking, nature, and the combination of her artistic passions with other soapy friends. You can't but embrace Kandra's absolute joy in soaping, and readiness in sharing her joy with everyone. Head on over to SOAPY FRIENDS to join the exciting learning and sharing platform Kandra has created.
All Ways Indigo - Sign up for Kandra Churchwell's class to learn to Color Soap Naturally with Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria).
For your study of natural colors on fabric:
WILD COLOR by Jenny Dean is a marvelous book to kick start one's study of natural dye techniques and color palettes.
BRILLIANT COLOURS by Cheryl Kolander, doyen of natural dyeing, is another book of interest if one is interested in developing a very personal connection with natural colors. Hers is the very first book I read on natural colors and it carried me away on her tales of color to a fairytale land. Colors talk to her, and it is fascinating to listen in.
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Many factors influence the color of a batch of indigo extract - the variety of plant itself, the time of harvest (early morning is the best), time to start processing after harvest of a crop (earliest the better, same day definitely), experience of personnel and so on. Not all indigo extracts are made alike or from the same variety of indigotin producing plants. Indigofera Tinctoria gives us a true indigo color. It is also known to produce the highest concentration of indigotin (the blue pigment we all love) among plants that provide us shades of indigo color. Yes, there are quite a few plants that give us blue. During botanical indigo extraction process of Indigofera Tinctoria, first batch out of the vat has highest quantity of indigotin (around 38% - 42%) and is named 'first quality'.
AnneGeorges is a supplier of 'first quality' of indigo extract for the past 10 years. This is a 100% botanical extract produced exclusively from Indigofera Tinctoria, and sourced from one of the oldest indigo producing families in South India. Being close to source of production, we pick up small batches from our producer's most current recent extraction cycle. Our customers receive freshest indigo extract which is only a few weeks old, not too dried out and releases color more readily.