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The indigo plant is actually a leafy green color that grows along the banks of the Songkhram River. In Thai, the plant is known as khram. This river flows through a specific area of the country. All of these small villages thrive off of this indigo dyeing process.
If you’ve ever owned a pair of jeans, it’s pretty safe to say you’re familiar with indigo, the dye that colors the garment its iconic shade of blue. Today the hue is a wardrobe staple, considered a basic along with black and white. But before indigo dye became synonymous with Levi’s, it had a long, complicated history as an exotic commodity reserved only for royalty- in fact, indigo fabric was once considered to be as valuable as gold, and even human life.
by studio-naenna textiles
Nowadays, the idea of color as a luxury isn’t really something we recognize too much as a society. But it used to be that a simple hue had real value.
Synthetic indigo dominates the fashion world today, but there has been a very recent resurgence in appreciation for the natural version in contemporary fashion, particularly with ikat and other traditional handmade textile techniques being so on-trend.
While you probably can’t pick up a pair of naturally dyed indigo jeans at the mall, the dye has been spotted in the collections of more high-end designers. Smaller, more expensive labels allow for individuality and quality to be valued over mass production, which means indigo dyeing, can be more feasibly incorporated.
And with eco-friendly design being so popular among earth-conscious fashion makers and consumers, the idea of such a beautiful and special natural dye is certainly appealing.
Among the array of indigo-dyed clothing available in town, today you can find hand woven Fabrics in vivid colors adding color to style.
You will see shops that carry these products in markets like Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. Popular clothing items include dresses, shirts, skirts, and pants.
Sometimes instead of a tie-dye design, the thread will be dyed to be able to create woven patterns seen in traditional Thai women’s skirts.
There are various designs and fashions for indigo fabrics that foreigners and exotic fashion designers have picked interest. The evolution of fashion has made indigo preferable across the globe hence a big recommendation for anyone coming to Thailand.