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What is sindoor called in English and how is it made

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Asked by Satya Pandey, 04 Jun '07 01:16 am
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Sindoor is a red powder used by married Hindu women and some Sikh women. During the marriage ceremony, the groom applies sindoor to the parting of the bride's hair to show that she is now a married woman. Subsequent sindoor is applied by the wife as part of her dressing routine. Once widowed, a woman is not supposed to wear sindoor. Most women purchase commercial sindoor powder. A traditional component is powdered red lead. Alum and turmeric are sometimes used. Lead is of course poisonous. There is no English name.
Answered by Janis, 04 Jun '07 01:36 am

 
  
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it is made of synthetic materials, lead, zinc and industrial dyes. It is also called red lead (Pb3O4). Manufacturers follow no single method. Some mix oxidized metals and substandard oil to bring about the texture. Now sindoor is also available in liquid form. Scientists also say that it would not be surprising if the red sindoor color was attained by adding Rhodamine B dye, which can induce hereditary disorders. Red is also being derived from mercury sulphite, which can cause skin cancer. All these toxic substances can trigger hair loss, edema and erythema.

National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) color experts say that in olden days sindoor was made with a special type of red marble stone, covered with turmeric and a little oil and left undisturbed for a few days, after which it turned into red powder.

src:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindoor
Answered by sumitha, 04 Jun '07 02:58 am

 
  
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