Painting feminine toes in deep red Alta is a tradition of Bengal. Alta is red color dye which is used by Bengali women for decorating their feet specially during marriages and religious festivals. Adoration of foot is a glorifying and humble experience.
Traditionally an Bengali woman devotes as much attention to her feet as she does to her face and hair. Feet are bathed and rubbed with scrubbers to remove ingrained dirt and rough skin. They are massaged with scented oils for pleasure and relaxation as well as to maintain a healthy body.
Beauty of Bengali bride is incomplete without decorating her feet with Alta. Almost every Bengali woman applies Alta on her feet during Durga puja.
The make up kit of a Bengali woman is incomplete without Alta.
Traditionally Alta was made from beetles, but now its made from artificial colors.