However, after a thorough cleansing, they noticed that it was colored blue. The results of chemical analysis showed that the dye consisted of indigotine and indirubin, the key components of indigo.
According to experts, the age of the fabric is at least six thousand years. Prior to that, a piece of cloth found in Egypt, dating back four thousand years, was considered the oldest artifact containing indigo.
Indigo was one of the most common dyes in the ancient world and is used to this day. It is used in the manufacture of inks and watercolors, as well as for dyeing cotton fibers in the production of denim fabric.