Indigo Gives America the Blues, Timeline


Synthetic Indigo quilt

Synthetic Indigo quilt

Pinwheel
c. 1890-1910
IQSCM, Ghormley Collection,
2008.034.0086

A wide variety of turn-of-the-20th century blue fabrics are featured in this doll quilt. During this time period, synthetic indigo was rapidly becoming the dominant blue dye and most other fabric colors were also achieved with synthetic dyes.