Indigo has come a full circle. From it's rich ancient history to becoming a means of colonial exploitation and now, once again becoming a symbol of sustainability and empowerment
The video shows two separate drums of indigo water being oxidised using a motor. The drum at the front shows the initial lighter blue color of indigo. The second drum shows the a much darker shade, indicating the oxidation is almost complete!
Seiving and collecting the indigo paste in a fine cloth.
Text: Prachi Gupta
Images: Amrita Bhattacharya, Kailash Upadhayay, Smriti Bharti, Prachi Gupta, Avani archives