Alta (also Mahawar or Rose Bengal) is a red dye that mainly Hindu women in the Indian subcontinent, notably in Bengal and in Balasore and Baripada regions of Odisha, apply with cotton to their hands and feet during marriage ceremonies and festivals. Alta was originally produced from lac, although later it was replaced with synthetic dyes. Alto is also applied when girls perform classical dance like bharatnatyam on stage.
- Garg, Gaṅgā Rām. (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 2. p. 348.
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