Texas wild color - africa collection. (fermentation pigment from philenoptera cyanescens).
Estimated lightfastness: ii very good. Beautiful full deep natural indigo color.
The last 15 years i've been making regular trips to west africa as part of my work with an aid and development organization. A few years ago, an african friend of mine, sayon, pointed out a plant that he told me was the local variety of indigo. He told me that people of his language group historically dyed fabric wth the plant. He showed me how if you rub the leaves on your skin, your skin would turn blue. The local people called it kara.
It is also known in some west african languages as gara. Unfortunately dying cloth was a bit of a lost art from in sayon's village, but is still practiced in other parts of west africa. While in the us in 2018, i started texas wild color. I remembered the plant sayon had taught me about.
I wished i had a source of wild indigo in north texas where i was living. I vowed that if the good lord gave me further opportunities to get back to west africa i would begin experimenting until i learned how to extract indigo pigment from the local plants. In 2020, my wife and i ended up in a little village in west africa for an extended time. Another villager friend of mine, fassa, became very interested in my pigment extraction experiments and together we figured a process to get a very nice blue pigment from the local indigo leaves. My friend came to me one morning and told me he figured out how to make an even deeper blue pigment from the younger freshest leaves.He was right, this color is like no other natural plant pigment i've made before. I have pretty much fallen in love with this color. If you know me, you know i like to paint moody stormy skies and this color is perfect for that.
This color is potent and you'll find that it takes only a bit shade something lightly. But if you use it full strength, watch out it's kind of like the thumping sound of a bass guitar---it goes deep. You will like this color i know. This is real indigo from real plants in a real village in west africa.
If you've got the blues or if you want the blues, you may want to order more than one of these. A portion of the profit i make on this color will go directly to the friends that helped me harvest and extract the pigment in west africa. I hope to help my villager neighbors grow this into a micro-business that will help the local economy there in the next fey years. This item is made of natural lake pigment and gum arabic, honey, glycerin, lavender essential oil, clove essential oil.