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Indigo

The story of indigo is actually an exciting chapter of the history of economy. This story of the 17th century tells about the Europeans desperate trial to protect their own domestic blue dyeing plant, called woad, and its large plantations. They quickly declared the imported indian good as being brought by the devil. Using this dye had even caused death penalty. But this ‘indigo’ called dye was so much more brilliant, efficient and just beautiful so it took over the european market – despite all punishments. But the story goes on: At the end of 19th century the Europeans found a way of theĀ  artificial production of indigo and the battle began again. At this time the poor indian worker got less and lesser money in order to undergo the european prices. But still – within ten years the natural indigo was gone.

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