Preservation of Natural Dye Yielding Plants

fabricIndia has a rich tradition of using natural dyes. In the north eastern states, natural dyes are still used for domestic as well as commercial purpose. NECTAR, in association with Meghalaya Government, is conducting a study for preservation of locally available natural dye yielding plant varieties. The objective is to use scientific management practices for mass production of these plant species which are on verge of extinction.

Dye YeildingNatural dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources-roots, berries, bark, leaves and wood- and other organic sources such as fungi and lichens. They are obtained from renewable resources, have no health hazards or disposal problem and are unsophisticated and harmonized with nature.