The Mystery Of Blue


Author: Muriel Kakani
Illustrated by Boski Jain

9788181469700 | Centre Stapled | pp. 32 | 2011 | Tulika Publishers

Take a peek into the wonderful world of dyes with this story in which we discover the mystery of a natural blue dye.

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How did people many, many, many years ago have clothes that were red, orange, purple, pink…? Where did colour come from? Here’s a story that goes back over a thousand years to a time when dyers and weavers made colours out of flowers, leaves and roots, to create beautiful shades of cloth. It is the story of Kunku and her pigeon friend, Chandrakali, who want to make blue. How do they do it? An evocative story about dyes and how they are created. The bright, bold pictures, the motifs and prints fill the book with the feel of fabric and a sense of colour.


Muriel Kakani
Illustrator: Boski Jain




Tulika Publishers


Centre Stapled



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About the Contributors

The author is a Belgian settled in India for the last 26 years. During this time she has travelled to almost every corner of India, imbibing information about India’s culture and ecological traditions.

The illustrator, originally from Bhopal, loves illustrating for children and draws inspiration from Indian Folk Art. She currently lives in Bangalore.


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