Thursday, December 6, 2012

Indigo Gives America the Blues


The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has a show about indigo quilts up now through June 2, 2013.

Indigo is a difficult dye---difficult to apply and difficult to understand. It's extremely durable so dyers and printers devised many ways to get different effects.

 
Once you see this show and read the gallery guide and the labels you will have a good understanding of those different printing and dyeing technologies.


 

 

The guide and the exhibit explain the technology, but if you can't go--- 
Curators Marin Hanson and Nao Nomura detail it on this webpage:
 
 
 You can download the gallery guide as well as see all the quilts and read the labels.
 
Like many things though, you don't have to understand how indigo works to love it.
 
Oak Leaf 1844 (date inscribed)
IQSC Patricia Cox collection

Delectable Mountains, estimated date 1890-1910
IQSC Dillow collection
 
 

7 comments:

linda smith said...

Beautiful, I always enjoy you post!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Beautiful Blues! ohh how I love them ~ thank you for the peek Barbara.
Blessings for a Merry Christimas to you!

WoolenSails said...

I really love the blue and white oak leaves, something I would love to make in two colors.

Debbie

Louise said...

I absolutely love indigo! Thanks for sharing.

Every Stitch said...

Great post thanks - aren't those blue quits beautiful?! We have seen a lot of posts about the red and white quilts but the indigo and white is equally spectacular together!
Every Stitch

wordmama said...

Thank you for the Iink to the exhibition. I can't wait to sit down and read all about the indigo process. This is the stuff I can't get enough of!

Kris

Frog Quilter said...

What a great post!