Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Leheriya - Jaipur's famous tie and dye

The monsoon season marks the beginning of Chaumaas, four auspicious months from July to October. In Rajasthan, these rainy months are associated with wearing leheriya sarees and turbans. Leheriya is a tie-dye (bandhani) pattern of diagonal stripes. 'Leheriya' means waves, and the design is evocative of soothing water. When diagonal stripes are added in the opposite direction too, the design is called "mothra".

Leheriya cloth is sold with its ties still in place as proof of its authenticity. A small section of the cloth is unfolded to display the pattern to prospective buyers.

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