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True blue

Designer Kathryn Davey made her name in the US with her naturally dyed linen products and dolls. Now she is bringing the ancient art of indigo dyeing to Ireland, writes Ruth O’Connor

22nd April, 2015
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Kathryn Davey at work on one of her dolls

Think of indigo and you’ll most likely think of jeans – indigo has been a buzzword in the denim world for the past few years – but dyeing with indigo is nothing new. It’s an ancient technique that has been used in many cultures for centuries, including India, China, Japan, Peru, even ancient Britain.

Most indigo used in the denim industry today is a synthetic dye, but the organic sources of...

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