Meet Island Indigo…

2011-13 In-Colors

Today’s feature color is, “Island Indigo.”  I find this color to be most fascinating, because of the history of Indigo.

Island Indigo Daisy

Island Indigo Daisy on Pillow Box
Indigo is a color named after the blue dye derived from the plant  Indigofera tinctoria and related species.

Dyeing Indigo 2


India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of infigo dye,  to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the ‘dye,’ which was indikon. The Romans used the term indicum, which passed into Italian dialect and eventually into English as the word indigo.

Whydah Indigo Bird

The Indigo birds and whydahs, are finch like species which usually have black or indigo predominating in their plumage. The birds named “whydahs” have long or very long tails in the breeding male.


Indigo Bunting MaleThe Indigo Bunting, is a small seed-eating bird, in the Cardinal family.  It is migratory,  ranging from southern Canada to northern Florida. The coloration, of  the male is a vibrant blue in the summer and a brown color during the winter months, while the female is brown year-round. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.


Lactarius indigo, commonly known as the indigo milk cap, the Indigo (or blue) Lactarius, or the blue milk mushroom, Indigo Milk Cap Mushroom is a species of fungus in the  Russulaceae family of mushrooms. A widely distributed species, it grows naturally in eastern North America, East Asia, and Central America.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of history regarding Indigo.


Tune in tomorrow for the last introduction to the new Stampin’ Up! 2011-13 In-Colors.


Thanks for stopping by,

Siggy 2

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