KAZIRANGA, Oct 31 - With an objective to highlight the importance of naturally-extracted dye in our lives, Janambhumi Janakalyan Nyas, a social welfare wing of Janambhumi newspaper group has taken an initiative to showcase the silk and other cloth products using natural dye.
While making his presentation about the relevance of natural dye at Iora hotel here recently, Puberun Sharma , an expert working in silk and dye subjects since last ten years said that most importantly it is completely an environment-friendly dye compared to the synthetic chemical dye, adding North-east India in general and Assam in particular has a lot of plants and fruit trees from which these natural dyes can be extracted to be applied on clothes for our daily uses.
In fact, the natural dyes have been proved to be less toxic, less polluting, less harmful to health and non-carcinogenic. These natural dyes are in harmony with nature and they are mostly anti-oxidants. Sharma informed that natural dyes can be obtained from plant leaves, flowers, fruits, stems and even roots. Ninety per cent of natural dyes are extracted from plants only and remaining parts are obtained from insects and others.
Sharma also said that most of the synthetic dyes are made by using chemicals and some of them are petroleum products which are not good for skin, especially for babies. Though there are some limitations in natural dyes because of lack of technical persons with knowledge of natural dye but those can be overcome by popularising the methods of extraction at the field level.
For that reason, the Janambhumi group has decided to organise a festival of silk and dye from December 3 to 11 at Kohora. Assam�s marigold, beetle leaves, jackfruit, hibiscus, black beery, turmeric, tea leaves are some of the plant species from which natural dye can be extracted and applied on clothes and other purposes.