In Rajasthan, a desert state in Western India, clothes are dyed bright colours in patterns that recall the sun. The zigzag pattern on this turban looks like abstracted heat waves and is called “lahariya,” which stems from the word “lahara” meaning “wave.” The pattern is created by folding pleats into the cotton before tie-dying.

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How would you represent natural forces such as heat or water?

responded: Dec 11, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Piccolo

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I've used indigo dyes and Japaneses pole wrap ( arashi) shibori resist dyeing to depict water- this techniques can really capture the sheer physicality of moving water, its ripples and diffrent depths of blues.

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