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Old August 19th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #16
Joel Greifinger
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 45

Under the unsophisticated conditions of indigo-dyeing encountered in a nomad encampment
Hi Pierre,

Was there indigo vat dying being practiced by nomads in their encampments? I've recently been trying to research this question, though not about Turkmen. I haven't come across anything that indicates that indigo dying in the region was being done by the nomadic weavers themselves rather than by professional dyers. Given the complexity of successfully preparing and using indigo vats, would this be carried out by nomads at their encampments? Or, would they bring yarn that they had prepared to dyers, who jealously guarded their indigo secrets, for their blues?

If you know of any sources that suggest that there were nomads doing their own indigo vat dying, please send them my way.

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