India & The Art of Dyeing

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

India, since antiquity, was famous for the production of excellent dye-stuffs, described as the largest dye-producing country in the world. Recognition of Indian dyes and dyed textiles in the world market is evidenced as early as 500 B.C.E - when indigo (nila), the indigenous dye-drug of India was being used in Egypt for dyeing of muslin cloth (also from India!).

The details of Indian colouring-matters (rangadravya) and the tinctorial properties of vegetable substances were recognised as far back as the Vedic era, particularly in the Atharvavedic and the succeeding periods.

Join us as we look at some of the most iconic colours and dye-substances from Indian antiquity, from plant juices to insects and mineral extracts - see how ancient India mastered the Art of Dyeing!

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