Indigofera Tinctoria 

from the foothills of Himalaya


You can purchase organically grown indigo from the foothills of Himalaya directly from us by sending an 

Email to; 

A starter kit is also available during my workshops. The indigo is grown in the foothills of Uttrakand in India. The farm is run by Kiran Sandhuthat both cultivates and extracts the indigo pigment as well as dye with it. The pigment quality is tested and contains 37% indigotin. We import the indigo directly from Kinny without intermediaries and support a chain of people involved in the indigo cultivation. 

Indigo pigment – Price €22 /cake ex. shipping.

(1 cake is approx. 100 gms, minimum order 100 gms).

Starter kit – Price €40 ex. shipping

For a 1-2-3 vat (includes; indigo, pickeld lime, fructose 

and recipe).

Facts – Indigofera Tinctoria

The leaves are placed in pairs along the branches and these are harvested several times a year before the plant blooms. New cultivation is important after a couple of years when the color weakens. The plant thrives in hot and humid climates with many sun hours, but there are also varieties of indigo that can be grown in temperate zones. Harvesting and extracting the indigo from the leaves is a time- and labor-intensive process. 

See this short film from the extracting process;


Courtesy for film and pictures of harvest below @kinnysandhu and @love_mandal

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INDIGO VAT – With the 1 2 3 method

There are several different methods for setting an indigo vat. As well as many ways to extract the indigo pigment from the leaves. For my workshops I work with a reduced indigo vats, with the 1-2-3 method that I have learnt from the indigo master Aboubakar Fofana. With 1 part indigo, 2 parts slaked lime (clean) and 3 parts fructose. I always prepare the vat minimum 24 hours before using but I prefer if the vat can rest for even 48 hours before start dyeing. The start temperature should be around 30-32 °c. I cover the vat with wool blankets so the temperature drops very slowly from the start temperature around approx 85°c.

An indigo vat shall be alkaline and you can measure the pH, that shall be around 10-11 for a healthy vat. The indigo rose also tells you a lot about the conditions of the vat. By looking at the texture and colour of the rose you find out if your vat is active and healthy. When you start the vat the rose should to be purple blue and metallic. The foam should also be thick and stick together. The surface of the vat is also covered with a thin metallic layer. 

* When you participate in a workshop you will learn more about indigo and all the steps included in this method. You will also be able to purchase a starter kit for a 20 Liter indigo vat with organic indigo grown in the foothills of Himalaya, Uttrakand, India.

Master class with 

Aboubakar Fofana, Athens 2018


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