Reviving Tradition: Restarting Our Indigo Plantation and Dyeing Center in Hmawbi

In 2018, we embarked on a bold endeavor in Hmawbi, Myanmar, with a vision to revitalize traditional indigo cultivation, natural dyeing, and weaving practices. However, unforeseen challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, temporarily halted our project. Now, with renewed determination and gratitude for the support of organizations like Turquoise Mountain, we are excited to announce the relaunch of our initiative.

A Journey Back to Tradition:

Nestled across 8 acres of land in Hmawbi, our indigo plantation represents a journey back to our roots, where the ancient art of natural dyeing has thrived for centuries. Here, amidst the lush greenery, we cultivate indigo plants using sustainable farming practices, honoring the land and the traditions of our ancestors.

Empowering Communities, Preserving Heritage:

Our project goes beyond cultivation; it is a holistic approach to community empowerment and cultural preservation. At our dyeing center, we employ traditional techniques to extract indigo pigment from the harvested plants, creating vibrant natural dyes that are free from harmful chemicals. Through workshops and training programs, we empower local artisans with the knowledge and skills to harness the transformative power of indigo dyeing, preserving this heritage craft for future generations.

Overcoming Challenges, Embracing Resilience:

The journey to restart our project has not been without its challenges. From logistical hurdles to the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we faced setbacks that tested our resolve. Yet, guided by our commitment to our mission and inspired by the unwavering support of partners like Turquoise Mountain, we have emerged stronger and more determined than ever to see our vision come to fruition.

A Special Thanks to Turquoise Mountain:

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Turquoise Mountain for their invaluable technical support and guidance throughout this journey. Their expertise and dedication have been instrumental in overcoming obstacles and turning our vision into reality. With their continued partnership, we are confident that our indigo plantation and dyeing center will flourish, creating sustainable livelihoods and preserving Myanmar’s rich cultural heritage.

Looking Ahead:

As we embark on this new chapter, we invite you to join us in our journey to revive tradition, empower communities, and celebrate the beauty of natural dyeing. Together, we can build a brighter, more sustainable future rooted in the timeless wisdom of our ancestors and the boundless creativity of our artisans.


The relaunch of our indigo plantation and dyeing center in Hmawbi marks a triumphant return to our roots and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. With determination, perseverance, and the support of our partners, we are confident that our project will not only thrive but also serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.