50 shades of blue

The Tai Lue of the Nam Ou and Tha waterways are masters of the indigo and stick lack dyes (blue & red respectively). Back in the early days, we were looking to expand our repertoire of natural dyes and had heard of a village in Nam Bak district, Ban Nayang Tai that was producing high quality cotton and amazing indigo.

Fresh leaves and the stems of the indigo plants can be used for dyeing. Depending on the mordant used (ash water, white alcohol, lime and mud), one can obtain different colours from the same indigo plant: blue, dark blue, green, light blue, mauve and charcoal. Fermented leaves turn green. Limestone is added to turn blue. Mix with Mak Bow (a local fruit) to dye black. And it can be boiled to make purple.

There are a few cultural beliefs around the use of natural dye, including indigo. Tai Lue people tie white cotton around the indigo pot to stop the spirit from leaving; Hmong put a chilli on the pot and the Tai Lao put a knife on the pot. Some natural dyestuffs are seasonal, so are only available at certain times of the year. Indigo grows well near water and shade.

Watch this video to learn more about indigo and visit Paa Vanhthong, a master indigo dyer and weaver.

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Indigo Batik Placemat

You'll love it because: Super eco-friendly, these hemp placements are also a great conversation piece for your dining table. Question 1, what do all the motifs mean?

Batik Table Runner

You'll love it because: Lovely indigo batik and hemp spruce up the table and makes a great conversation piece! Can you guess the meaning of the motifs?


Batik Laptop Sleeve

You'll love it because: This hemp laptop sleeve with its geometric patterns, made by the Hmong using centuries-old metal pens and wax batik, are still refreshingly modern.


Running Out the Door Silk Scarf

You'll love it because: Can't decide whether you need to wear a scarf or not? Grab this laidback silk wonder! It's lightweight but still offers warmth.


Night Sky Long Cotton Shirt

You'll love it because: You'll want to roll up your sleeves and wear this relaxed easygoing shirt. Also featuring soft organic cotton plus natural indigo!


Batik Pouch

You'll love it because: Embroidered flower motifs, Hmong batik, natural indigo make the Lanten pouch extra-special and keeps your phone and wallet extra safe!


Loose Hmong Batik Jacket

You'll love it because: Casual and elegant, the lightweight open jacket with a Hmong collar looks great with a t-shirt and jeans and just about anything else.


Plain Weave Short Cotton Shirt

You'll love it because: Midnight blue naturally-dyed indigo and heavy-weight organic cotton makes this shirt extra special, plus it gets softer with each washing.


Batik Crossbody Bag

You'll love it because: Petite and super cute, but big on aesthetics and craftsmanship, this little purse hold all your essentials and pairs well with denim!


Batik Mini Wallet

You’ll love it because: Hemp, natural indigo, Hmong resist wax batik, plus leather details, make this pouch or mini wallet an irresistible accessory!


Indigo Shoulder Bag

You'll love it because: Who doesn't love natural indigo?! The perfectly-sized, beautiful deep indigo shoulder bag will go with everything in your wardrobe.


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