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In this month’s edition of Varna Sutra, we turn to the kanjivaram’s yellows and oranges, attempting to delve into the many meanings of this vibrant and magical palette. The significance of the colour yellow is deeply ingrained in the consciousness and culture of India. No ritual in Hinduism is complete without turmeric or manjal, a substance whose many beneficial properties were recognised early on. Yellow is given several names – Pitha (the yellow color), Ranjani (that which gives colour), Varna Datri (that which enhances the body’s complexion), and also Haridra (indicating that it’s dear to Hari or Lord Krishna).
Explore Varna Sutra's Haridhra curation that finds resonance in the colours of the sun, and read the accompanying article here.