Discovering Indigo

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John Abbate discovering vintage indigo textiles in demolished Hutongs of China
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The vintage indigo dyed cloth sack discovered in the ruins of the Hutongs of China

 

Bluehanded discovers vintage indigo textile

The Hutongs [traditional alley towns] of China are being replaced with modern developments. I lived in China, and would occasionally explore those sites because they were fascinating. Sometimes, I would find intriguing artefacts; a column granite base, an enamel bowl, an art deco chair… One day I found a beautiful cloth in the rubble of an old house. This is the start of our journey.

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