Tomorrow is Hartalika Teej, celebrated mostly in Bihar, Jharkhand, U.P & M.P. As I was making the preparations of Teej, my eyes fell on Lac bangles (or laah ki chudi) which is an integral part of all auspicious events.
I began to think, why lac? Why is it considered pure? Did some quick consulting with Dr. Google and found that - 'Lac is a clay-like material which is moulded in hot kilns-like places to make these bangles. Lac is a resinous secretion of Lac-producing insects such as Laccifer lacca, Carteria lacca and Tachardia lacca. These plant-sucking insects colonize on the branches of host trees to produce scarlet resinous pigment. Later the coated branches of the host trees are cut and harvested as sticklac. These sticklac are crushed, sieved and washed several times to remove impurities.'
So probably this makes lac eco-friendly and probably that is why it is considered 'Pure'. Guess our ancestors were more environment friendly :)
Now lac is being used to make lots of other jeweleries too which are widely available. So go 'designer' or 'desi', shine bright this festival season with lac bangles.
Wishing you all a very Happy Teej and Ganesh Chathurthi.
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