The indigo crayon in my box was always the first to get worn down to a stub.
I loved the colour, a mix of blue and violet and well, the name sounded so exotic to me as a kid. When I began writing about the colours I work with, I came to realize that while is this one of my favourites, second to blue, I don’t use it much when I’m painting. Indigo gets added as an accent to most of my predominately blue paintings because it is analogous to blue (in the same family). I also use it if I’m working with orange as it compliments it beautifully.
I feel called to explore this deep and mysterious colour more closely, stay tuned.
Indigo is sedative and it helps to open up our intuition. It is the colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind. Indigo relates to the THIRD EYE (ajna) chakra which is in the centre of the forehead.
It is not suitable for areas for entertainment but for more ‘quiet’ places, like bedrooms or treatment rooms. Some people find indigo is helpful for studying so this colour could be used as part of the decor of a library or study.
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A few more lovely ideas surrounding indigo:
- Highly intuitive
- Sense of unity
- Devotion to duty
- Psychic powers
India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigo dye, derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era.
It is a characteristic of most indigo denim that only the warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile then shows the blue warp threads and the other side shows the white weft threads. This is why blue jeans are white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s fading characteristics, which are unique compared to every other textile.
Scientists discovered in 2008 that when a banana becomes ripe and ready to eat, it glows bright indigo under a black light. Some insects, as well as birds and bats, may see into the ultraviolet because they are tetrachromats, and can use this information to tell when a banana is ripe and ready to eat. The glow is the result of a chemical created as the green chlorophyll in the peel breaks down. (Cool huh?!)