Bangladeshi social enterprise Living Blue farms gorgeous indigo whose aesthetic worth is matched by the community assets it creates on the way from farm fields to an international marketplace thirsty for authenticity and high quality. Living Blue’s indigo is grown in Bangladesh by smallholders who are compensated fairly for their efforts.
The company uses the finest textile methods of two cultures. Japanese shibori, a revered tie-dye tradition, produces undulating, wave-like patterns called mokume which are prized for their supple graphic movement. Bengali hand-stitched textiles, familiarly known as kantha, are taken back to their roots as prized home treasures with an old technique called dheu, a gently gathered running stitch whose rolling puckers also resemble the movement of water. The combination of mokume and dheu on village woven textiles is extraordinary.