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Book review: 'Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World' by Catherine E. McKinley
Book review: 'Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World' by Catherine E. McKinley

Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere between more familiar poles. As history, it wanders, sometimes too hastily, through millenniums and contents to trace the reach and power of indigo dye and fabric. As memoir, it gorgeously recounts McKinley's journey to West Africa's teeming markets and churning factories, through funerals and uprisings, to find "the bluest of blues." McKinley's prologue quickly relates indigo's history,...

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