Scientific Name: Tageteae; Hindi: Genda
1. Marigold plant belongs to the family of Tagetes species. Marigold flowers are one of
the main raw materials employed for the colorations of textiles before the World War
2. Marigolds are considered sacred by Hindus in Indian culture. They make garlands out
of these flowers and use them in festivals, weddings and temple offerings etc. Since
these flowers are associated with Mother Mary, the English consider them as
protection from evil and also as a symbol for good luck.
3. Scientifically, the phytochemical screening of the Tagetes species have proved to
contain flavonoid, alkaloid, quinones, phenols, triterpenoid and coumarins bioactive
compounds which are of medicinal value and have a definite physiological action on
the human body
4. Marigold flowers yield a rich clear light, medium, dark yellows and green by
standardized dyeing process to olive shades using different natural mordant on
fibers, fabric and garments with good performance properties such as wash and light
5. It has certain anti bacterial properties which help in restoring the nutrition of the soil.
6. To the dyers it is an important source of yellow colour. On boiling the petals, a yellow
dyestuff is derived
7. Marigold is known to cure skin infections and insect bites.
8. To use fabric dyed from Marigold will keep one away from skin infection