Indigo dye found in 6000 year old textiles from Peru

Researchers have identified a 6200 year old Indigo blue fabric from Peru making it one of the oldest known cotton textiles in the world and the earliest known textile decorated with indigo blue. The discovery marks the earliest use of indigo as a dye a technically challenging color to produce.According to the researchers the finding points towards the sophisticated  textile technology ancient Andean people developed  6200 years ago.The textile was discovered during a 2009 excavation at Huaca Prieta a desert  area that offers  nearby pristine archaeological preservation on the north coast of Peru.Experts believe that the site was likely a temple where a variety of textiles and other offerings were placed.The well preserved artifacts give a glimpse into ancient civilization and lifestyle and offer an unexpected connection to the 21st century. The development of indigo dye was critical for future trends in fashion,fabrics and textile arts.