Indigo: In Search of the Colour that Seduced the World

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 1 ago. 2011 - 256 páginas
For almost five millennia, indigo - a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shrub - has been at the centre of turbulent human encounters, prized by slave traders, religious figures and the fashion world.

Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage: its relationship to slavery as the 'hidden half' of the transatlantic slave trade, its profound influence on fashion, and its spiritual significance, which is little recognised but no less alive today. It is a richly told story, brimming with electrifying tales of those who shaped the course of colonial history and world economy.

But this is also the story of a personal quest: Catherine McKinley's ancestors include a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan, several generations of Jewish 'rag traders' and Massachusetts textile factory owners, and African slaves who were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, where a length of blue cotton could purchase human life. Her journey takes her to nine West African countries and is resplendent with powerful lessons of heritage and history.

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Reseña de usuario  - KarenIrelandPhillips - LibraryThing

I had high expectations of this memoir, but found it merely a self-indulgent travelogue. The writing was serviceable, but the author couldn't seem to decide whether this was a story about her personal ... Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

I would have liked a book about Indigo, instead of the author's journey throughout West Africa. Even then, the author's travelogue is peppered with awkward dialogue, and has a stuffy head over their Fulbright scholarship. A disappointment. Leer reseña completa

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Sobre el autor (2011)

Catherine McKinley is the author of The Book of Sarahs. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she has taught creative non-fiction, and a former Fulbright Scholar in Ghana, West Africa, where she began her research on indigo. She lives in New York City.

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