Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Natural colors for holi

Celebrate this holi with natural colors. These colours are free from any chemical content and have been made by the women of the Malnad Seed Collective, Sirsi and sold by e-coexist.

Malnad-Seed-5.jpg The Rang Dulaar colours are based on turmeric, which is very good for the health of human skin. The ingredients in the colours are as follows:

Red: Turmeric, Lemon juice, Alum, Cocum
Yellow: Turmeric
Orange: Turmeric, Cocum
Green: Glyricidea, Nirgudi, Spinach, Hibiscus, Tulsi, Henna, Indigo and other local leaves
Blue: Harda (Terminalia Chebula), Indigo

Fillers: Rice flour

Since these are all food products, the colours are best used within four months of the manufacture date, after which they will degrade.
Colours are also based on recycled flowers collected during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which are seggregated, dried and powdered.
Flowers recycled
These flowers include those that are cultivated such as marigold, gerbara, rose, tuberose. Some flowers provide colour whereas others are used simply to add fragrance or volume.

Boxes 2009

Colours currently available:
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Orange

The colours help the women prisoners of the Yerawada Central Prison to earn and save money.

Holi packaging w alka

Available in packets of:
  • 250 gm (50 gm each of five colours), 100 gm (each color)

Holi boxes 2010 red

All colours are based on herbs and farm produce.

Holi packaging w alka