The indigo kettle



An indigo kettle at Residence Plantation


The creation of using indigo as a dye has existed for over 6000 years in all parts of the world from Peru to Japan. This pot made of wrought iron was invented before the civil war and used around the same time as the sugar kettle. Wild indigo grew on the plantation and this kettle was used to help dye clothes for people that lived and worked on the plantation.

Most sugar kettles are fairly common in the yards of Louisiana today as decorations. However, this indigo kettle may be one of the only ones left of its kind. Indigo was made even more popular with the invention of denim jeans on 1871 by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss.