Indian Sandalwood Fragrance Culture from East to West


The present study explores the cultural and techno sphere of Indian Sandalwood that has been affecting the increase of the research and development of Indian sandalwood plantation. The method used is the literature survey of standard journals, reports of the government and the corporate industries. Historically, Sandalwood’s natural forest is of great importance and deeply rooted in Indian, Japanese and Chinese culture. Significantly the South Asian Continent whom believe in Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism deeply revere sandalwood as sacred for their rituals and medicinal values. Due to its royal status and expensive qualities, it was strictly monopolized by the Indian rulers in India. However due to the imbalance in the demand and supply chain, illegal deforestation for Sandalwood became a practice for many decades. As times changed, the government changed the law that anybody can plant the Indian Sandalwood in India. As the Sandalwood trade increased, it established Itself in a unique market position for the perfume trade for the West. It prides itself as being the 2nd most expensive wood in the world. Literature survey indicates that in the West, research and development has increased significantly in Sandalwood essential oil Analytical Chemistry, Extraction and Silvi culture plantation. A progressive step for the Indian Sandalwood industry is the symposiums and conferences held to exchange ideas, local experiences and research findings – this has built a practical bridge between the East and West for benefit of its commercial use. The study concludes that the Indian Sandalwood status is shifting towards being a sustainable species.

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Harendrakumar Dave, Edith Cowan University, Australia

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Conference: IICSEEHawaii2017
Stream: Cultural Sustainability: Protecting, Preserving and Conserving

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