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RED ROOF

Cary Wolinsky

Created 1997

Talik Bazar Khari Bowali, New Delhi, India. In preparation for the Hindu festival of Holi, a worker mixes dye with corn flour and spreads on a roof for drying. The brilliantly colored powder will be sold to celebrants who will throw it on each other. In the traditional story of Holi, everywhere Krishna and Radha travel, people around them, inspired by their love, shower them with colored flower petals. Now showering with flower petals has been replaced with the throwing of cornstarch or arrowroot mixed with aniline dyes. Making color for the festival has become big business.