Where does Khaki come from?

Submitted by norma on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 13:00

Originally submitted by norma on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 21:14

Ever wondered where that wonderful, nondescript colour known as khaki comes from? The creator was a certain Sir Harry Lumsden. As the commander of a British regiment in India, his blood pressure often soared close to boiling point when his troops appeared in dusty uniforms instead of crisp whites. So Sir Harry found a creative way to deal with the problem. He devised a dye from coffee, mulberry juice and curry powder. The local Hindus called it khaki, meaning dust-coloured.