The new indigo book Indigo – A handbook about Indigo is made by Douglas Luhanko and Kerstin Neumüller from Stockholm – Sweden. Both are sharing a huge passion for the old authentic indigo colour which is in use for centuries. In their Indigo book they share the ’70’s style of indigo recipes and newer recipes that are more gentle toward both humans and nature. The Indigo book contains recipes where indigo is used together with other natural dyes. There is a section of inspirational projects included that are very fitting for indigo-dyed material. The book shows also the Japanese techniques: Sashiko stitching and Shibori dyeing. Douglas and Kerstin describes how they made their own quilt projects. The Indigo book also contains a chapter for those who wish to grow their own indigo.

There has seldom been so many myths and stories surrounding a dye-pigment as indigo. In a world where any colour and hue can be produced chemically in a factory indigo has reached something like a cult status. You can all explore it in the new Indigo – A handbook of Indigo. The book is a kind of a homage to the magical blue colour.

Douglas Luhanko 

Douglas has a big interest for indigo and denim, makes handmade jeans and runs the store Unionville in Stockholm.

Kerstin Neumüller

Kerstin is a bespoke tailor with a special place in her heart for traditional textile crafts.

The Indigo book is rich photographed by the talented Fredrik Ottosson (Fredrik also photographed the amazing denim book True Fit, check the book here) and illustrated by Therése Karlsson.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.