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Indigo : in search of the color that seduced the world

Author: Catherine E McKinley
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"For almost five millennia, in every culture and every major religion, indigo--a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shurb through a complex process that even scientists still regard as mysterious--has been at the center of turbulent human encounters. Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage ... But Indigo is also the story of a personal quest: McKinley's adoptive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Named Person: Catherine E McKinley; Catherine E McKinley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine E McKinley
ISBN: 9781608195053 1608195058
OCLC Number: 669754800
Description: 235 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
Contents: An invitation, Ghana --
A burning heart, Ghana --
Widow's blues, Ghana --
The road to Bobo-Dialousso, Burkina Faso --
The chanel of Africa, Ghana --
Amazons, wives of the gods, and Mama Benz, Ghana/Togo/Benin --
Not everything you can own, Ivory Coast --
The beautiful one, Ghana --
Mothers of ash, Nigeria --
Blue gold and concubines, Niger --
Divine sky, Senegal and New York City --
It's never late, New York City.
Responsibility: Catherine E. McKinley.

Abstract:

"For almost five millennia, in every culture and every major religion, indigo--a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shurb through a complex process that even scientists still regard as mysterious--has been at the center of turbulent human encounters. Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage ... But Indigo is also the story of a personal quest: McKinley's adoptive parents descend from a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan as their virile armor; she's also the kin of several generations of Jewish "rag traders," the maternal granddaughter of a Massachusetts textile factory owner; and the paternal granddaughter of African slaves--her ancestors were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, where a length of blue cotton could purchase a human life. McKinley's journey across the ancient trade routes of West Africa in search of this rare, luminous, and costly blue pigment--in search of beauty and her own history--ultimately leads her to a new and satisfying path, to finally 'taste life.'"--Jacket.
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