PACI to revive natural indigo dye

MUSCAT: The Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI) is working on a project to revive the natural indigo dye (nyla) process derived from the anil plant, which exists in the Omani environment, within the framework of the Authority’s efforts to develop the national handicraft sector and preserve the profession of parents and grandparents and ensure its continuity among the younger generations. The Authority is keen to activate programmes and projects supporting Omani handicrafts sector and expanding the pace of performance and craftsmanship based on quality and production. The project of documenting the extraction of indigo dye (nyla) is one of the important projects that the Authority deals with to preserve it from extinction, as it is one of the traditional Omani dyes that still exists in some wilayats, besides the other local dyes derived from the environment that are used in dyeing traditional clothes. — ONA