African indigo fabrics like the one above begin their life as garments worn by the indigenous people. But with the current desire by stylish consumers to repurpose vintage items, the 100% cotton African indigo textiles have become a bohemian must-have.
In the western regions of Africa, the indigo dyeing tradition is as old as Japan’s and continues to have strong roots. Many of the dyeing pits have been used for centuries. Morrissey Fabrics sources their indigo products from Mali as well as the Ivory Coast and other western regions. The majority of Morrissey Fabrics offerings are vintage rather than new indigo textiles.
The top and vest in the photo above are created with vintage African indigo. The wide leg trousers with a resist dye pattern stripe are crafted from new indigo textiles.
The most understandable use of vintage African indigo is to wear it as a shawl as seen displayed above. When you consider the price of a new, hand made, one-of-a-kind scarf, an authentic vintage African indigo piece is quite affordable. I carry them in the shop at prices ranging from $75 to $160 depending on the rarity, condition, and shade of indigo.
Next time you are feeling uninspired by your wardrobe, look to vintage African indigo to add some classic denim blue with a boho-style twist. DIY an amazing jacket, top, or pant. If you don't sew, wear a fringed African indigo as a scarf or wrap.
You can also contact a maker such as c_o_a_t_z to view and purchase one of their unique African indigo shorts, tops, or jackets. The possibilities are endless.
Please be sure to visit my shop or my Esty store for one of the largest selections of authentic vintage African indigo available on line. Every piece I list has been thoroughly laundered, spot-cleaned, and mended for your convenience.