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Encyclopaedia Iranica (2004)
  • Carol Bier, The Textile Museum
INDIGO (Pers. nil), the common name of a broad genus, Indigofera, with numerous species, widely distributed throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas. A member of the leguminous pea family, indigo is variously classified as an herb or small shrub; its stalks are long, bearing raceme flowers. It is usually perennial, but in some areas annual. Native species are known from Arabia, including the Yemen, and around the Indian Ocean.
  • Indigo,
  • textiles,
  • cotton,
  • nil,
  • dyes,
  • dyeing,
  • natural dye
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Carol Bier. "Indigo" Encyclopaedia Iranica (2004)
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