The world’s first Indigo dyed knitwear collection was conceived, designed and manufactured by the British brand Original Blues, which took its name from the original concept of authentic Indigo dyeing.
Indigo is one of the world’s oldest dyestuffs, manufactured from the leaves of Indigofera, a tropical plant. A natural, eco-
Characteristics and Uses
This is the only yarn that features the distinctive quality of ‘living colour’ -
A wide range of versatile clothing and accessories can be knitted with Indigo yarn, from casual sportswear to chunky sweaters, bags, wraps and scarves – all pieces sharing the same distinguishing features of inimitable living colour, softness, comfort and durability. We also use Indigo yarn for trimmings and design details such as knitted collars, elasticated ribbing, draw-
The Dyeing Process
Indigo yarn is dyed as a rope – known as ‘rope dyeing’, which is believed to be the best possible Indigo dyeing method because the short dyeing time does not allow the dye to penetrate fully into the fibres, thereby creating a yarn that fades more effectively than fully dyed yarn. The yarns are twisted into a rope that is quickly dipped repetitively into baths of Indigo dye. The more frequent the dipping, the stronger the Indigo shade. So the dye only reaches the surface of the yarn and leaves the inside or ‘core’ white. It is this process which is fundamental to the successful achievement of the unique colour and contrast effect. This is the same method used in the production of the best quality denim yarns. Original Blues Indigo yarns boast identical characteristics and properties as yarns manufactured for the best denim jeans. Shades are even, yarns are strong, yet soft and comfortable and every type of finish used for a woven denim item can be achieved with our Indigo yarns.
We specialise in designing and creating beautiful knitted clothing and accessories using Indigo dyed yarn, as opposed to denim, a woven fabric; a new interpretation on the most universal item of clothing, the jean. Original Blues is a British
company; our collections are manufactured in our own factory in West London Original Blues’ Indigo yarn was the first Indigo dyed yarn created and manufactured for use in the knitting industry. Original Blues – derived from
the ‘Original Blue’.