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The Story Of Indigo

Managing director Vivian Wang of the denim fabric Kingpins Show shared last year a beautiful film about the story of indigo. The film is about the Feng Deng village in China’s Guizhou province, a remote and ancient community deep in the mountains that has been practicing sustainable indigo growing, fermenting, and dyeing since the 14th century.

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Authentic Dyeing Process

Although the film is released last year it’s simply too good not to share their indigo ritual. Natural indigo is used for centuries already and is an authentic dyeing process to color threads. Indigo-dyed threads are stronger after they are dyed in an indigo vat, and make clothes also more ready to use as workwear. It’s a very intense and complex process.

In the film, you can see how the people from the Feng Deng village honor this old dyeing technique, and how they make a vat with natural indigo that they perform with indigo woad root. You get also a glimpse of how they spin yarns and weave fabrics on a small wooden shuttle loom.

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The Indigo Vat Check

Maybe one of the best parts is to see how they taste the indigo vat to check if it’s ready for usage or not. They put their finger in the vat and tip it at their tongue, and when it’s too salty they need to add some rice wine to it. They take care of the vat if it’s a living thing. This is one of the rituals to keep their harmonious and earth-friendly way of living alive.

indigo story

indigo story

Watch the full film which feels like 5 minutes indigo meditation here;

You can see this video and many more inspirational videos on the Blue Lenz denim video channel here.

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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.