Our Dear Friend Francis Sanders, Seamstress of Fort Downing Trading Co. used our Linen dyed yard cloth to make this fine dress.
3 more Yards come out of the dye vat, to be dried, then rinsed, dryed agian, washed, then dried again, then ironed!!
Our Indigo Dyed Linen & Silk is all produced Naturally with no Harsh Chemicals, using a vat technique proper to the 18th century, called the Appalachian Vat, by Jim Lyles.
The Indigo dying process is very time consuming and laborious! We are not set up to do a large amount, and our Dye Vat is limited to 5 yards of Linen at a time. We will be pleased to take custom orders but contact us first. Please understand it may be a while before we can fill your order. We feel we offer the re-enactment community a great product at the price of $35 per yard. We can send out a small sample for $3.00 which includes shipping & handling.
Above is a Gentleman's Coat made of 5 yards of Indigo Dyed Linen, that we dyed. Francis Sanders of Fort Downing Trading Co. Made this to order for a friend of ours. See Francis & Leroy Sanders' Website for fine 18th Century Garments at
Indigo is a plant that the leaves are extracted from and used to create a hard cake with which to dye fabrics. It is an ancient Art & Science. In the 1740's Eliza Lucas Pinckney is Credited with having started the Indigo craze which became the economy of the State of South Carolina for a hundred years. Renee's Indigo Cloth has been purchased by the Smithsonian Institution for a permanent display to Eliza Lucas Picnkney!
We ae now offering to the public Indigo dyed fabrics once again dyed right here in South Carolina.
We have scarves for the ladies and gentleman, made of silks, cottons, linen. The long thin silk scarves are our best seller, at $29.99! They are perfect for just a splash of color while being cool and thin!
This is what a 5yd Lot looks like freshly dipped!
We also do custom overdyes of garments such as hunting shirts, and some shirts. Each piece is taken on a case by case basis.
Embroidered Cloth dyed with Indigo for this Gown!
Renee's Indigo Dyed Gown made by Fort Downing
A sight familiar to our Colonial Ancestors, an Indigo Vat!
" My Grandfather also carried Indigo to Charleston, SC and it was as good as gold in trading. He had his own Indigo Vats."
-Helen McMakin Gibert, 1906
David's 5th Great Grandfather was an Indigo producer in 18th century South Carolina, Benjamin McMakin (1763-1804) of Lyman SC.!