02 February 2022
Landmark year for synthetic indigo
The first commercial batch of synthetic indigo came to market in 1897. Its discovery would be crowned by a Nobel Prize for its contribution to the advancement of modern chemistry. Now, 125 years later, it owes its high level of recognition to its ties to the denim industry. In less than a decade, the modern synthetic dyestuff had replaced its natural equivalent, and its dominance continues, despite the specific processes needed to make the pigment bond to cotton fibres.