Last of the blues

December 14, 2015
It’s a year since the last vat in Uravakonda vanished with Yellappa, the man who made magic with indigo
There are many ways to tell the Yellappa story. We can talk about the tall, spritely and friendly Yellappa, whose nails were permanently stained a gentle indigo. We could describe Uravakonda, the village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, which was made instantly recognisable in many circles because of him. Or we could talk about the natural dye called indigo with which Yellappa created magic on cotton yarn in the shadow of the mountain (konda in Telugu) around which Uravakonda lies.