TASA Program: Donna Hardy/Indigo in the Southeast U.S.

On Friday, June 1, Lynn Pollard hosted TASA’s summer program on indigo. Indigo authority Donna Hardy gave a history of the plant (the name indigo comes from the country name “India” ) and its use, and explained the different kinds of indigo plants–some are in the legume family; others in the cabbage family.

Donna also shared stories about the cultivation of indigo in the Carolina colonies and Georgia. She talked about various techniques in making indigo dye and showed a picture of an old indigo vat.

Donna is dedicated to preserving the knowledge of indigo production and is envisioning a center to bring all blue-producing plants from around the world together to record and document the ways they are used.
Today synthetic indigo dye is more readily available than natural indigo.

Following Donna’s program, members showed a variety of indigo-dyed fabrics from Indonesia, African countries, and SE Asia.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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Save the Date! TASA Summer Program – Indigo Presentation by Donna Hardy

Considered one of the premier experts on indigo in America, Donna is currently working with Dr. Brian Ward at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education center in Charleston doing practical research on the most effective ways to grow indigo. She is also working with a group of engineering students at the University of Georgia to create a new and more efficient way to process indigo. “I’ve been thinking about the importance of preserving this knowledge and have been contemplating that maybe we need a center to bring all of the blue-producing plants from around the world together and record and document the many ways they are used. Create a center for indigo culture, so to speak.”

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Home of Textile Artist/Indigo Dyer Lynn Pollard: 1211 Heritage Ct., 30327
$10 for non-members; 2018 TASA and current SEFAA members free 

RSVP REQUIRED: gvgoodwin@aol.com

For further information on Donna Hardy and Sea Island Indigo see:

2015 Ted Talk

February 2017 Alabama Channin Journal–“Indigo Stories: Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo

Submitted by Gail Goodwin