Some of us have the blues these days we’d like to shake, but some blues are the subject of desire, intrigue, and passion. This is the story of indigo.
Every year Pantone picks a “Color of the Year”—2021 is a departure—two colors: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. But these can’t hold a candle to a color that’s been desired for centuries—indigo. In October we explored how cochineal red became coveted and was the subject of economic intelligence campaigns.
Today, we will submerge ourselves in the elemental and timelessness of indigo blue--its history, cultural role, and the efforts made to steal and recreate it far from the land where it emerged. Catherine E. McKinley, author of Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World and just published The African Lookbook, will explore her personal search for indigo and the incredible role it has played globally for centuries.
Please join us for this colorful conversation, and then you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform.
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