from the greek Ινδικον (indikon)
meaning; indic (from india)
a froth of iridescent blue covers the dye bath.
as fermented leaves surround the cloth
shades of green emerge underwater, a hidden bond.
out of the water and into the sun
the fabric takes a deep breath, turning blue
earth’s true color, as river, sky and rain
indigo was key for ancient mayans
a blue to call the rain god chac mool -
copal resin adhering indigo to clay
caesar’s warriors wore indigo on their skin
a war paint turning their bodies a deep blue
scaring their enemies and healing their wounds
blue-collar, bleu de travail, an indigo cloth
was crafted in (de) nîmes; denim -
the workers clothes of france
italian fisherman mend their nets
with indigo string
a fine line of paint
woven through time.