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Indigo - The early roots of fashion

Updated: May 19, 2023

Many years ago, Grenada grew indigo. Indigo was first grown in Grenada in the 1650s. The crop was also grown in Carriacou.


What is Indigo?:

Indigo is a shrub which grows in tropical areas. Indigo power is used in the textile industry globally. Indigo power is extracted from the leaves of the Indigo plant. The leaves are harvested, dried and grounded into indigo powder. Indigo power is blue in colour. The blue can range from a pale blue to a deep dark blue or almost dark purple.

colours of indigo
Colours of Indigo

Origin

Indigo was planted by the Amerindian people. They were the first inhabitants of the land, and grew indigo. The planting of indigo eventually dwindled with the shift to focus on "King Sugar" to meet the demand for sugar in Europe.


Carriacou

The Ningo well is a historical site that was used in indigo production in the early 1800s. The Ningo well had four indigo vats that can be used for the production of indigo dye.


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