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Natural Vegetable Dyes

Natural dyes are derived from plants, minerals and other natural resources, which means little or no harmful chemicals are used in their creation. In ancient times, India was unrivalled in its mastery of the pre-treatment of cotton, enabling the production of bright, colour-fast, and washable fabrics. The classic Indigo comes from the leaves of Indigofera Tinctoria, Madder, the red dye, comes from the roots of various Rubia species, brown from Acacia Catechu and yellow from turmeric and saffron.

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The Vibrant Marigold

The Vibrant Marigold: Ah, marigolds! It’s hard to imagine the season of bloom in India without this vibrant flower. It embodies the sun, and all its colour and energy. The flower has a huge spiritual significance in India. They are almost always used for decoration and offering at auspicious occasions across the country. In Indian life, colours always hold a special importance, which makes the displaying of marigolds even more significant. White is widely accepted as the color of peace and purity. Yellow symbolizes sanctity. Saffron, a soft orange color, is associated with renunciation. The marigold flower is also source for a beautiful yellow dye. Like other natural dyes, this dye is a renewable and sustainable bio-resource product with minimum...

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The Tale of Indigo

The Tale of Indigo: Dating back to the Indus Valley civilization more than 5,000 years ago, Indigo is known to be one of the oldest dyes used for textile dyeing and comes from the indigo (neel) plant India was known to be the first major centre for it’s production and processing in the Old World. Later, it made its way to Ancient Greece and Rome where it was considered a luxury product and used for cosmetics, paints and medicine. Owing to treacherous land trade routes, it remained a rare commodity in Europe throughout the middle ages, due to which alternates had to be used, until the 15th century, when a sea route to India was discovered. The prefect trading commodity,...

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