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: Jul 27, 2012

Posted by VIC224Y - Intro to Material Culture Uoft

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The nature of the turban suggests that it performs a higher function than merely that of social marker. The richness of its symbolism and the contexts of its use propose that this object acts as an extension of oneself, seeking to concretize the mind-body connection through the physical expression of abstract beliefs. When viewing the turban as a cultural and religious object, it becomes apparent that this garment functions as a bridge, connecting the individual to society through the traditions and practices that surround its use.

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