Indigo trading

Long ago, indigo was thought to have magical powers … Indigo Trading a contemporary “spell” on its clothing and home products lines. Designer Lourdes Mena works with artisans from across El Salvador to create one-of-a-kind handcrafted products. Casual cotton clothing for men and women; hammocks for the garden; hand-woven textiles for the home; hats; dolls and artwork – all feature rich indigo blue shades. Once the mainstay of El Salvador, indigo is making a comeback as a favourite natural dye with Indigo Trading as its champion.

Indigo is integral to El Salvador's traditional handicrafts and is closely tied to local traditions. Pre-Columbian El Salvadorians used Indigo not only as a dye for clothing and ceramics, but also for medicine and religious ceremonies, believing that Jurquilite (indigo) had magical properties.

From colonial times, indigo products formed the base of the country's economy until the invention of artificial colouring meant the downfall of the country's indigo industry, which had been boomed for 300 years. Recent interest in organic and natural dyes has allowed small rural communities to sell indigo products on the global market, bringing economic development while preserving local traditions. Indigo Trading aims to help these artisans to produce their handicrafts in a way which will protect El Salvador's natural environment, by reviving organic indigo farming.

Av. Las Magnolias No. 173 Col. San Benito

San Salvador

El Salvador

Tel: +503 22 36 5408

Fax: +503 22 36 5400

Email: rodrigo@indigotrading.com

Website: www.indigotrading.com

Contact: Rodrigo Zedá