Alta (dye)

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A ceremony welcoming the newly wed bride to her new home, with the feet dipped in a mixture of milk and alta.

Alta (also Mahawar or Rose Bengal) is a red dye which women in India and Bangladesh apply with cotton to their hands and feet during marriages and festivals.[1] Alta was originally produced from lac, although later it was replaced with synthetic dyes.It is a symbol of marriage and also a symbol of Lakshmi and Sri

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  1. ^ Garg, Gaṅgā Rām. (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 2. p. 348.