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Indigo
Encyclopaedia Iranica (2004)
  • Carol Bier, The Textile Museum
Abstract
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.
Keywords
  • Indigo,
  • textiles,
  • cotton,
  • nil,
  • dyes,
  • dyeing,
  • natural dye
Publication Date
2004
Citation Information
Carol Bier. "Indigo" Encyclopaedia Iranica (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carol_bier/76/