According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports titled, "Global Indigo Dyes Market by Type, Application, and Regions: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2018-2028", the market was valued at USD 1,124.9 Million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a moderate growth rate of 5.0% by the year 2028. The global indigo dyes market is anticipated to grow significantly during forecast period. The Indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria) was identified in the 1600s (B.C.). For years, indigo dyestuff, collected from leaves were used in a variety of primitive dyeing procedures. Adolf von Baeyer, a Germany-based chemist, invented the first synthetic (non-natural) indigo dye in the 1880s. Indigo's chemical structure was discovered by him. Synthetic indigo became popular after the turn of the century. As a result of the improvement in denim wear, new indigo dyeing techniques emerged. In ancient times, indigo dyeing was fermented in wooden barrels. This process, known as vatting, is believed to be the origin of vat dyes. Fastness refers to a fabric's resistance to external forces such as light, washing, crocking, perspiration, acids, and alkalis. Indigo has low washing fastness, good light fastness, good sweat fastness, and low crocking fastness. Indigo dyes are divided into synthetic indigo dye and natural indigo dye. Synthetic indigo is widely used to color garments on a large scale, due to its ease of extraction and availability of raw material. Jeans dyed with synthetic indigo tend to have a contrast fading, whereas jeans dyed with natural indigo tend to have an even vintage fade.

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Global Indigo Dyes Market has been segmented based on type, applications, and regions. Based on type, the global indigo dyes market is segmented into natural indigo dyes and synthetic indigo dyes. Based on application, the indigo dyes market is segmented into textile application and non-textile application. The non-textile application is further bifurcated into printing inks, paper, and others. By region global indigo dyes is segmented as into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

Synthetic indigo is highly used for dyeing garments on an industrial scale, due to its ease of extraction and abundant raw materials. Synthetic indigo has a higher tendency than conventional indigos to cause high contrast fading on jeans, which is projected to drive the market in the coming years. Indigo was initially synthesised from isatin in 1878 by Germnay-based scientist, Adolf von Baeyer; however, it remained impractical until Johannes Pfleger and Karl Heumann produced a mass production synthesis from coal tar for BASF. By 1897, this commercially viable manufacturing process was in use. Pfleger is credited with developing the first economically viable indigo production method in 1901. N-phenylglycine is treated with a molten mixture of sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, and sodamide during this procedure. Increasing demand for synthetic indigo dye from textile industries, due to low manufacturing cost and easy availability of raw material, is expected to boost the segment during the forecast period.

The spread of COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the indigo dyes market players on many fronts and outside factors. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing economic hardships for businesses, consumers, and communities across the world. COVID-19 hampered the R&D of indigo dyes, as a majority of research activities have been halted, due to social distancing regulations during the pandemic. Governments imposed various restrictions on trade and commerce, which affected various sectors negatively. Globally, the government-imposed lockdowns, which negatively affected the indigo dyes market. Indigo dyes are highly dependent on international trade for the supply of raw materials and distribution of the final product, which suffered during the pandemic, due to restrictions and closures of global industries. Import and export of raw materials for manufacturing indigo dyes were hampered, due to transport restrictions globally. This, in turn, impeded the market. Demand for indigo dyes decreased during the pandemic, due to closure of manufacturing units such as textile industry during the lockdown. This, in turn, impeded the growth of the market.

Key Takeaways from the Study

  • The natural indigo segment is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the future, due to its increasing demand from textile industry.

  • Availability of raw material and labor at low cost as well as decreasing manufacturing cost are expected to boost the textile segment in the coming years.

  • The market in North America accounts for a significant share of the global market during the forecast period. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the rising demand for indigo dyes from textile industry, particularly in the US and Canada. The market in Germany is expected to account for a high share of the total revenue, due to increasing production of clothes in the country.

Report Scope

Report Metric


Market Value in 2020

USD 1,124.9 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2021 to 2028)


Historical Data

2018 & 2019

Base Year


Forecast Period

2021 – 2028

Market Segments

Type, Application, and Regions

Region Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America

Key Companies Profiled

AMA Herbal Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Anping County Wuxin Chemical Dyes Co.,Ltd., Chongqing Huacai Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd , DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd, Jacquard Products, Kirpal Export Overseas, KMA Exports, Liyang Brother Chemical Co., Ltd. , Sam Vegetable Colours, Taiwan Dyestuffs & Pigments Corp., Yucheng Jinhe Industrial Co.,Ltd, Matrix Pharma Chem, and Sodhani Biotech Private Limited

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Target Audience

  • Demand Side: Commercial, Residential, and Industrial End-users.

  • Regulatory Side: Concerned government authorities, commercial research & development (R&D) institutions, and other regulatory bodies.

  • Associations and Industry Bodies: International Trade Centre.