Extracts of the Indian Neel plant (Indigofera Tinctoria) have been used extensively since the Indus Valley Civilisation. Its properties have treated pain, diabetes, epilepsy and other ailments, whilst also producing the distinctive colour dye.
Entering the English language in the 1200s, the ‘Indigo’ dye was to become a highly prized commodity. Under regulatory farming conditions, it was bought in India and sold across Europe by the East India Company and the British Raj.
The Indigo Club raises a glass to the remedial herb and ‘The Blue Gold’. Celebrated colour applications range from natural hair dyes, denim wear and the British police uniform to a choice turban hue for the Sikhs of Punjab.