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 Pinckney!
We are 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 $34.99! They are perfect for just a splash of color while being cool and thin!
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 starting at the price of $35 per yard. We can send out a small sample for $3.00 which includes shipping & handling.
Long and thin 14" by 72" silk scarf dyed with Indigo right here in South Carolina by Renee! Specify light, med, or dark blue in pull down menu! See pictures for shades! Can be used as a mans cravat, or neck scarf, for ladies and for modern wear.. Each Scarf comes with Washing Instructions. See our Online Store for what we have in stock.
Hand dyed by Renee right here in S.C. with Indigo. These are larger than our long thin scarves and are perfect for larger applications such as Regency Turbans or Sashes for ladies, Shawls, and even are great for modern wear. Washing instructions included with each. Appx 20” wide by 85” long. See our online store for more detail and to purchase.
33"x33" Square silk scarf! Choose from pull down light, med, or dark! Dyed right here in SC with Indigo! Each scarf comes with washing instructions. Click Buy Now for more details and to purchase!
David's 5th Great Grandfather was an Indigo planter in 18th century South Carolina, Benjamin McMakin (1763-1804) of Lyman SC, Spartanburg District, which is in the Upcountry of SC.!
" 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
Here is Renee wearing her 18th Century Gown she dyed with Indigo! The possibilities are endless.
Here is a coat made from our Indigo Dyed Linen by Frances Sanders of Fort Downing Trading Company
Wallace Gusler of Colonial Williamsburg has told us that Indigo Dyed Hunting Shirts would be most accurate for Longhunters as it was available also on the Va frontier.