Banlangen: The Chinese medicine that is also used for tie-dye

//Banlangen: The Chinese medicine that is also used for tie-dye

Banlangen: The Chinese medicine that is also used for tie-dye

Tie-dye might invoke images of the 1960s, hippies, and Woodstock, but what about the Bai people of southwestern China?For more than 1,500 years, this ethnic group in Yunnan province has been dyeing their clothes blue using the leaves of a plant locally called banlangen (板蓝根).In the West, it is more commonly known as woad, or Asp of Jerusalem.The story goes that Bai farmers discovered the plant’s dyeing capabilities when their clothes were stained blue by its leaves.“Then they figured out it…

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