September 6-28 — World Blues: Shades of Indigo

Post image for September 6-28 — World Blues: Shades of Indigo

The 2013 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival’s special exhibit showcases indigo textiles from around the world — from creatively reconfigured blue jeans and other custom-made garments, to finely woven fabrics.

Indigo has been used across cultures for more than 9000 years, making its unique blue one of the earliest and most prevalent colors in cloth. The antique to mid-20th century cloth objects in this exhibit come from private collections in Bloomington, Nashville, and Indianapolis. Taken as a whole, these textiles — from China, Italy, Japan, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sumatra, Peru, Germany, Iran, Guatemala, the U.S., and other countries — reflect indigo’s universality and reveal its practical and aesthetic uses.

Made possible in part with support from IU Emeriti House and IU East Asian Studies Center; presented in partnership with the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center and the Center for Lifelong Learning; Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition.


World Blues: Shades of Indigo

  • When: September 6 – 28
  • Where: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center (122 S. Walnut); Rosemary P. Miller, Treasurer’s, and Vault Galleries
  • Opening reception:
    Sept. 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Gallery talk by Rowland Ricketts
    Sept. 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Rose Firebay
  • Gallery talk with World Blues Collectors William Itter, Barbara Livesey, Harold Mailand, Suzanne Halvorson, Jim Canary, and Joan Hart
    Sept. 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m., in the Miller, Treasurer’s, and Vault Galleries
    In partnership with the Rug and Textile Society of Indiana


  • Admission: All “World Blues” events are free and open to the public
  • Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am – 7 pm; Sat, 9 am – 5 pm; galleries open until midnight Sept. 27-28.
Related Events

Indigo Composting with Indigrowing Blue
Fridays, September 6 – December 13, Hilltop Gardens

World Blues design team

Pictured above, left to right: Sarah Noggle, Barbara Livesey, William Itter, Suzanne Halvorson, Gail Hale, Rowland Ricketts, and Harold Mailand.”World Blues: Shades of Indigo” volunteer working group.


Previous post:

Next post: