Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice because of the immense amount of delicate hand labour required for a mere ounce.
Back when hand labour was used for everything and consequently less costly, saffron was used for dyeing cloth, especially those of Buddhist monks, hence the phrase ‘saffron robes’.
These silk threads are dyed with saffron…
These Buddhist monks are wearing ‘saffron robes’, not dyed with costly saffron but with turmeric, a less expensive dye.
Tumeric is also saffron-coloured, but you can buy it by the pound!
More interpretations of ‘Saffron’ at Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Challenge: Saffron