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Lenzing’s New Collaboration Honors Peru’s Indigo Roots

One of the world’s oldest dyes is getting a modern makeover. Lenzing teamed up with World Textile Sourcing (WTS) to produce a circular knit collection, Inca Indigo, entirely designed, spun, dyed, knitted and sewn in Peru.

The 17-piece Inca Indigo collection combines Tencel indigo knit with Peruvian heritage and authentic indigo dyeing. The men’s and women’s garments incorporate woven denim trends such as laser distress and raw edges.

Peru’s history in indigo dyeing recent international headlines last year when indigo dyed fragments of cotton were discovered inside the archeological site at Huaca Prietain located in northern Peru. The cotton is believed to be at least 7,800 years old.

“People think the history of dyeing with indigo in the Americas is old but, actually, it’s ancient,” said Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing project manager. “The discovery makes the cotton fragments the oldest example of indigo used by humans as dye. So, it is great to link the most ancient history of textiles with the most modern of denim stories.”

WTS is headquartered in Lima, Peru with a New York City-based business development office. The company provides full package knit garments, with services spanning in-house fabric development to lab testing and inspection. The company produces garments for brands and retailers in North America and Europe.

“It was exciting to collaborate with Lenzing on the Inca Indigo project. We were able to create something exciting, yet steeped in history by melding the ancient indigo dying technique with the modern Tencel fiber,” said Alexis Stuart, WTS showroom director.

The collection spotlights the trade benefits between Peru and the U.S. There is no duty to import garments with a yarn-forward supply. The proximity between the countries also ensure an efficient supply chain as well as simplified, quick response communication.