Once upon a time I had three leheriyas in my cupboard. My favourite was a brilliant pink known as Rani Pink ( fuschia ) . Alas! I don’t have a single Leheriya in my cupboard right now.
The only Textile Tradition I can think of for L is Leheriya . The word translates to waves -like waves in the ocean. The wave like pattern is obtained when the fabric is tied and dyed. This is another tradition that comes from the desert sands of Rajasthan which more often than not conjures up brilliantly tied and died fabrics, camels and bright sunshine.
Soft, flowy and magical the Leheriya in cotton is used as a turban or sari. You can make Leheriya from silk, georgette or chiffon too!
Did you know that ?
- leheria was once worn exclusively by the Marwaris of Rajasthan.
- only royalty wore blue leheria
- white is the commonest base colour of leheria
- The price of a leheria depends on the kind of fabric and the number of times the cloth has been dyed
~ Courtesy: Utsavpedia
Creating a wave
This seemingly easy pattern is obtained by tightly tying up the fabric with thread to retain the original colour when the cloth is dipped into dye.
Now isn’t that a fascinating way of creating a wave?
Disclaimer : I am neither a textile manufacturer nor a historian . I am just passionate about textiles and fabrics. I have gathered all my information from the Internet. Please excuse any errors and omissions.
Any guesses what M will bring ?