As a craft, indigo dyeing is among the very oldest. There’s evidence suggesting it was derived from the plants woad and indigofera (hey, the clue’s in the name) and used as early as the third millennium BC.
And when it comes to dyeing clothes - especially linens - it’s got a pretty cool heritage. There are frequent mentions of its use creating the blue stripes found in the borders of Egyptian Mummy cloths from around 2,400BC (just imagine – Tutankhamun in indigo!). Its popularity only improved over time and by the 1700s, indigo dye was so prized that its profits exceeded those of sugar and cotton.
Our Portside Blue Collection sought inspiration from the indigo hue in a variety of styles for the season. Here are some of our favorites.