Talking Colours

Susie Emmett looks at natural colour and its social and environmental significance.


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The colour associated with life and vigour means death to a particular beetle.

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Can growing indigo make a comeback in Bangladesh?

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After years of unpopularity, brown pigments are back in vogue.

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In Rajasthan, master craftsmen in the art of printing and producing natural black rely on Western fashion buyers.

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The Indian spice turmeric is used in cookery all over the world.

Much more than a colour, it even has an afterlife.