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6,200-year-old textile dyed indigo-blue from Huaca, Peru

Columbian College Researcher Identifies Oldest Textile Dyed Indigo

September 14, 2016

If it weren’t for textile dying advancements made 6,200 years ago, people today might not be wearing blue jeans as a wardrobe staple. Associate Research Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Splitstoser has identified a 6,200-year-old textile dyed indigo-blue from Huaca, Peru, a piece of dyed cotton produced more than 1,800 years before the previously known oldest textile in that color.