“Blue is one of nature’s rarest color.” We’re wild for indigo, any shade of indigo, that celestial color full of deep soul and spirit. If you are also fascinated by the mysterious indigo, you have to read this wonderful book – In Search of that Color that Seduced the World – by Catherine McKinley. Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage. Its relationship to slavery as one of the “hidden commodities” and its spiritual significance.
“Indigo was more powerful than the gun. It was used literally as a currency. They were trading one length of cloth, in exchange for one human body.” Across the ocean, on the African continent, indigo-dyed cloth helped financially empower many African women. Although nowadays, most cloths on the continent are dyed with a much cheaper synthetic color, owning cloth is considered a huge asset. During her stay in Ghana, McKinley learned that cloth is valued more than many women’s bank accounts and insurances.
“If you have 300 pieces of good cloth, like a real Madame, well then you have something. A person’s spirit is in their cloth.”
The Untold Story
In Search of that Color that seduced the World – is an untold story. A story filled with rich, passionate tales of normal women, everyday heroines, as well as political powers and renowned master dyers and traders. And how their indigo wealth became the cornerstones of the Africa empire, shaping the course of its history and economics impact. The journey takes you across the ancient trade routes of West Africa in search of this rare, luminous and costly blue pigment – in search of the true story.
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