•  2
    Plantation science: improving natural indigo in colonial India, 1860–1913
    British Journal for the History of Science 40 (4): 537-565. 2007.
    This paper explores the transition to synthetic dyestuffs through a principal focus on developments within the last major holdout of the natural-dye industry, the blue colourant indigo. It starts by looking closely at existing practices of cultivation and manufacture of the natural dye in colonial India in the second half of the nineteenth century. It also develops a case study based on targeted efforts scientifically to improve plant-derived indigo in laboratories and experiment stations in col…Read more