The seeds and skins of the pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum) yield a pale yellow natural dye that is the base for all kalamkari, hand block printing and dying work, and a similar dye colour to turmeric.

The pomegranate tree and in particular its fruit, thought to originate from Iran, are an ancient source of inspiration and symbolism, featuring decoratively in carvings, paintings and in all manner of textile design all over the world. As a textile design it is sometimes called grenade pattern.

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