Indigo Auction

Calcutta sets the scene for the first auction of indigo in more than a century

Indigo was once so widely used to dye everything from military uniforms to muslin frocks that the roads ran blue with it, as in Rajasthan

Indigo was once so widely used to dye everything from military uniforms to muslin frocks that the roads ran blue with it, as in Rajasthan.

The first auction of indigo in India in more than a century took place yesterday in what planters and buyers hope is a resurgence of interest in one of the world’s oldest trading commodities. Ten chests packed with cakes of the blue dye went under the hammer in Calcutta.

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