Book Indigo: Cultivate – Dye – Create (English Version)
Last year the book ‘Indigo – A handbook about Indigo’ by Douglas Luhanko and Kerstin Neumüller from Stockholm came out. The book was first published in Swedisch language only. Read more about it here.
After it’s big success publisher Pavilion decided to join forces with the couple and published it also in English. This to reach and educate a bigger fanbase about this centuries old topic. Douglas and Kerstin are both sharing a huge passion for the authentic indigo colour. Running daily their denim store Second Sunrise in Stockholm they’re sharing their enormous knowledge about the origin of the blue coloured jeans to their customers. Read also the interview with Douglas in the topic ‘Meet the Collector’ here.
Kerstin and Douglas launched their book at the Selvedge Run trade show in Berlin two weeks ago.
Inspiration And Practical Handbook
The book is an inspiration and practical handbook. In the first chapter you can learn how to grow indigo yourself. Whether you have a windowsill or a full garden. No matter where you live, the authors of the book, provide gardening tips for the best species of indigo for your area. The next chaper(s) are filled with a variety of different dyeing techniques are explained to achieve your desired results. Covering everything from warm or cold dyeing with indigo, fructose, hydrosulfite and fermented vats, and dyeing with other colour pigments, you can create multi-coloured projects that are bound to astound. A chapter explaining the science behind the dye also takes you through any troubleshooting problems to help you experiment further.
Finally, the last chapter is about the Japanese techniques: Sashiko stitching and Shibori dyeing. Douglas and Kerstin describes how they made their own quilt projects. The book is written in English text and shows beautiful pictures with every chapter. The pictures are made by Fredrik Ottosson. In total the book has 140 fullcolour pages. It’s out now and a must have for everyone with an interest in the heritage of indigo.
Pages of the book.