New supplier with better working conditions for workers. These indigo cakes make for better quality in the long run of storage.
Natural Indigo Dye is an extract prepared from Indigofera tinctoria which is cultivated for this purpose. Indigo is the legendary source of colourfast blues and its ability to produce a wide range of shades has made it the most successful dye plant ever known. Indigo grows all over the world but flourishes best in hot, sunny, humid areas. Indigo can give clear blues that range from the tint of a pale sky to a deep navy that is almost black.
Our indigo comes from a farm in Tamil Nadu and is very strong (approx 50% indigotin). It reduces beautifully in an indigo vat. Indigo does not need a mordant for dyeing but good scouring of fabrics is essential.
The leaves of the indigofera tinctoria are fermented in fermentation pits. The dye is precipitated by oxidation or by passing the air. The precipitated dye settles down at the bottom. The cake is dried in the air and sun, and then cut into squares. Real indigo always smells a mix of fruity and compost.
-Securely packed in a re-sealable zip bag for easy use and storage. Cake needs to be ground with pestle and mortar.
Indigo (Indigofera Tinctoria) Cake
Keep in a tightly closed container, stored in a cool, dry, ventilated area. Protect against physical damage. Maintain a constant temperature not to exceed 24° C. (75° F.). Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues (dust, solids); observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product.
Heath and Safety
Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust. Wear protective gloves, safety goggles and a dust mask when handling fine dye powders and mordants.
Possibly harmful when swallowed or inhaled
Natural dye powders are no known environmental concern. Mordants and mordanted dye baths should be disposed in a sensible way according to your local waste disposal laws.
Natural dyes and mordants are shipped in a special packaging made from recypcled materials with a re-usable zipper.
Your pouches are shipped in either a flat padded envelope or a cardboard box depending on quantity and size.
We try to use reduce packaging and use recycled materials where possible.
Most packages are sent the same day or next day of order.
Shipping times depend per country and are out of my hands once I send the parcel. Averages to the United States have been 6-14 business days.
Shipping is according to the total weight of your parcel including packaging materials.
ALL packages are shipped with a tracking number. The tarcking number will be updated by mail once available.
Please note that most tracking is only available from the moment the parcel physically leaves the country. This may take a few days.
You will see your total shipping rate in your order.
At this moment it is not possible to ship your dye materials by EMS.