Peruvians were using indigo to dye textiles thousands of years before the Egyptians and Chinese. The proof is in a tattered piece of cloth with faint blue lines running through it (pictured above). It is possibly the earliest known example of cloth dyeing in the world. It is the grandmother of the indigo denim jeans we love.
Thousands of blue-tinged pieces of cloth were unearthed at Huaca Prieta, an ancient ceremonial mound on the north coast of Peru that was occupied between 14,500 and 4,000 years ago.The site is a temple and the cloths may have been used to carry items to the site.
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