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Indigo Blue Genuine Pigment

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Genuine Indigo is a natural vegetable pigment derived from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant, which was first imported into Europe from India in the seventeenth century. It replaced woad, which had been grown natively in Europe for its blue dye. The leaves are soaked in water to ferment; upon drying, an oxidised residue forms on the dry leaves, which is removed, washed, boiled in water, and then dried to form cakes of pigment or dye.

Indigo is very transparent, with a good tinting strength. It requires a wetting agent to disperse, and in oil it dries very slowly. It is fugitive to light; this drawback means that it is no longer commonly available in commercial paints. It fell out of general use at the beginning of the seventeenth century, largely replaced by Prussian Blue, and synthetic Indigo was patented in the 1890s. However, it provides a subtle shade of blue that is still desirable in works that are going to be protected from light.

Toxicity: B


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  • Indigo Blue Genuine Pigment

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SKU Product Name Price Qty
LC13031C Pigment 15 ml Indigo Blue Genuine (7g)
LC13032E Pigment 50 grams Indigo Blue Genuine
LC13034H Pigment 250 grams Indigo Blue Genuine
LC13035J Pigment 500 grams Indigo Blue Genuine


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