Indigo plant is going to color you blue very soon. Be ready to blossom your life with this plant as Green Circle Organization is planning to introduce this plant in Punjab too after successful plantations in Sindh.
Before we go into details of this GCO initiative let me briefly tell you about the history, origin, uses and benefits of this plant.
Indigo Plant is a Green Way of Coloring Denims Blue, but How? Let’s Discover
What is True Indigo?
Indigo plant is a species of plant from the bean family. Scientific name is Indigofera tinctoria also called true indigo. The indigo plant was one of the very original sources of indigo color dye.
What is Indigo Color?
This plant is a good source of organic dyes and small amounts are used to dye silk and wool. The primary use is as a dye for cotton yarn. Cotton yarn is mainly used for the production for blue jeans of denim cloth. This dye is commercially used to dye those jeans and on average one pair of blue jeans need 3-12 grams of indigo.
How to Make Indigo Dye from Plant?
The beautiful rich blues of Indigo dye come from the leaves of the plant. To make your indigo dye vat, strip the leaves from the stems and squash them into a container. Use a glass jar, enamel or stainless steel pot. Cover the leaves with water.
Where Does the Dye Indigo Come From?
From the leaves of Indigofera tinctoria most of the natural indigo dye for sale comes. This tender plant grows best in the tropics; if soil is fertile it can thrive in hot and humid places. It is commercially grown in India, El Salvador, Vietnam and some other countries and now Pakistan is also initiating its plantation..
Who Invented the Color Indigo?
The first known use of indigo as a dye/color name in English was in 1289. The indigo color is named after the indigo dye taken from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and other related species.
Why Indigo Dye? Hazards of Synthetic Dyes
Synthetic dyes are poisonous for environment particularly the pollution from metal and other substances, Toxic and dangerous chemicals from dyes also create severe environmental havoc.
The Need for Organic Dyes
The world is shifting towards organic dyes therefore the demand for indigo plant is arising. This plant not only looks so beautiful but also beneficial for environment.
Indigo Powder as Organic Hair Dye
Indigo powder is also used as an organic hair dye along with henna. This gives beautiful dark brown color to the hair.
Indigo Plant in Pakistan
We are proud to announce that GCO along with Jeff and UNDP has introduced indigo plant in Sindh Pakistan. Now Green Circle Organization has also started growing indigo plants in Punjab Pakistan. Hopefully we will soon be able to provide indigo plants and indigo seeds to general public.
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