Diversity, indigenous uses and traditional practices of dye yielding plants in Central Himachal Pradesh, North western Himalaya

Samant, S S; Kumari, Pooja ; Puri, Sunil ; Singh, Amit ; Rathore, Sumati

Abstract

The present paper is an attempt to assess the diversity and document the indigenous uses and traditional practices of dye
yielding plants in Central Himachal Pradesh North Western Himalaya. A total of 17 species of dye yielding plants belonging
to 13 families and 17 genera were recorded. These species are used to dyeing clothes and other items. Different plant parts
were utilized, of which fruit (07 spp.) was used in the majority, followed by flowers (05 spp.); bark (04 spp.) and leaves
(03 spp.) Information on indigenous uses and traditional practices was documented with the help of local inhabitants.
Natural dye yielding plants have immense significance in the socio-economic and socio-cultural aspects of the inhabitants.
The indigenous knowledge of extractions, processing and practices of in situ and ex situ conservation of the species; natural
dyes has declined to a great extent. Therefore, to maintain dye yielding plant wealth, awareness among the inhabitants;
involvement of local inhabitants and Forest Department about the indigenous uses and traditional practices have
been suggested.


Keyword(s)

Central Himachal Pradesh; Conservation; Dye yielding; Ethnic; Indigenous uses; Inhabitants; Traditional practices

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