Indigo Shade Map

is creating the online map and art zines about Indigo plants, dye & cultures

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Magazine Subscription

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$15
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  • Indigo Shade Map zine subscription Only (Quarterly)

We are expecting to publish our first zine in late October. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support!

  • Mini indigo printed art (5" x 7")

Magazine + Mini Art Print

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$25
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  • Indigo Shade Map zine subscription (Quarterly)
  • One Mini natural dye plant drawing print (Quarterly)

  • Thank you for your ongoing support!
  • Indigo Shade Map Zine
  • Mini indigo printed art (5" x 7")

Magazine + Mini Art + Bandana

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$35
per month
  • First Indigo Shade Map Zine (We are anticipating with printing it quarterly!)
  • One natural dye plant drawing prints (5"x7") made by Rosaful Garden will be quarterly sent to your place!
  • One natural indigo dyed cotton bandana
We are expecting to publish our first zine in late October. Stay tuned!
Thank you for your ongoing support!
  • Indigo Shade Map Zine
  • Mini indigo printed art (5" x 7")
  • Thank you Indigo Dyed Cotton Bandana (delivered by mail)

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About

What is the Indigo Shade Map?

Indigo Shade Map is an interactive infographic map originally created by visual artist,  indigo dyer & grower, Rosa Sung Ji Chang, in 2017, then re-developed in the spring of 2020. This initiative started as a way to map the use of three different kinds of indigo grown around the world, Indigofera tinctoria, Polygonum tinctorium, and Woad. Each indigo plant is marked with a corresponding shade of blue on the map. Indigo dye is an ancient dye found in textile traditions practiced by various cultures around the world. The main purpose of the Indigo Shade Map is to show how one particular natural dye is still widely and continuously practiced today. Each indigo plant visually looks very different and grows in diverse climates and regions. Although these plants contain “blue pigments” in their leaves, each shade produced is different. These powerful plants weave together many lives and peoples in complex textile history to better connect one another.
Check out our website here: https://www.indigoshademap.org/

What Do We Need?

Our Indigo Shade Map team is dedicated to the research of various indigo producing plant strains, documentation of its history, and their cultivation worldwide. We have so far documented around 60 strains of indigo producing plants and are committed to listing so many more strains.

However, to keep this research going we need help in funding our team. Please consider funding us to advance our textile research project that is already helping textile artists, hobbyists, and other researchers across the globe today by making a donation to our cause. We do believe that this web-based interactive online map will be beneficial, educational, and joyful for them, especially during this current situation.

Next Steps?

We are planning on creating the following items to move forward to our project. 
- Expending the researched strains of indigo by continuously researching and inputting data on the map. 
- Connecting and supporting people who are in love with indigo including dyers, growers, suppliers, and more in the world by providing an online space as well as a directory/resource page on the main web page.
- Publishing our first periodical artistic magazine about indigo, natural dye, and cultures
- Printing poster format Indigo Shade Map
- Supporting local and emerging artists by collaborating/creating fun items such as limited-edition goods, web content, and beyond together.

Thank you for your continued support to keep the Indigo Shade Map going!


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