"Call it blue gold, the devil’s dye, or the cloth of history; indigo is the color that launched the ships and caravans of worldwide commerce. It encompasses the slave trade, the factories of European industry, and the woman-dominated markets of Africa. It binds the blue sails of Columbus’s ships to denim jeans and the exquisite hand-woven fabrics collectors crave. Catherine McKinley follows her passion, her ‘insatiable, desire’ for this beauty and history to Africa. There she enters a complex world—ancient, post-modern, stable and volatile. It demands that she be student, adventurer, aesthete and journalist: she meets these demands with restless intelligence, scrupulous honesty, a love of paradox and a generous exuberance. Indigo haunted her; now it will haunt you."—Margo Jefferson, author of On Michael Jackson
I'd like more about indigo intertwined with the author's personal story. More of an autobiography than a history, so it depends on the reader's taste.Published 5 months ago by L. Ryder Jerrome
Describing her journey in search of indigo cloth, McKinley combines scholarship, spirituality and imagination to make a richly layered narrative of one small piece of the complex... Read morePublished 9 months ago by syd carpenter
This is less about the dye than the fabric of Africa. This name is misleading. The writing jumps around. It is sometimes hard to follow. Read morePublished 9 months ago by john p. lee
No, this is NOT a book about the color that seduced the world, because the research does not cover most areas beyond Africa This is more her personal story, which I did not find... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ione Ishii
so i started reading this and on about page two (who knows? kindle version. within two minutes, anyway) i hit this:
"the resistance to that tyranny sparked a two-year... Read more
A very interesting story of fiction but seems to seek the historical aspects on Indigo.
Fascinating and cannot seem to able to put the book down.
People who love indigo dyeing or textiles would probably find this book interesting because it does reference a good sum of histories and cultures. Read morePublished 17 months ago by zuzie
I thought the topic was quite interesting but the writing left a lot to be desired. It would have been more interesting if it had illustrations since color, textiles, was the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by GrandmaPurple