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Indigo and the Lowcountry: From plants to your pants

 What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Indigo’? A color? Probably so. It is a color but it is named after the Indigo plant that produces the blue dye that was at one time used to dye cotton for denim and other materials.  The Indigo plant is deeply rooted in South Carolina history as it was commercially grown from 1747 to 1800 but its use in general goes back as far as the 1600s. Indigo was just behind rice in export value and was the fifth most valuable commodity exported by Britain’s mainland colonies.    The cycle of planting, processing, and marketing indigo began in March, when the fields were prepared for sowing. Planting began in early April, with a...

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