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 does someone put on a turban like this one and what are the steps?

responded: Jul 27, 2012

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The textile trade has been one of India’s most profitable endeavours with roots dating back to the early 19th century. In this display of unique cultural and technological developments, India has revolutionised the textile industry while protecting cultural values through this continuous flow of people, ideas, and trade. During the 19th century, cotton and indigo were the two largest crops cultivated in India. The garment appears to be dyed by hand because the zigzag stripes are not consistent in thickness and the outlines are not clean, but slightly blurred and uneven. The colours used in various Indian garments-including the turban-are symbolic of moods, seasons, religions and geographic regions.The repetitive motion involving wrapping a strip of cloth around one's head is a skill that requires practice and persistence in order to achieve the desired shape and a sense of symmetry. A desert state, the turban serves as more than a marker of identity as it becomes a practical tool that aids with the most basic aspects of everyday life. When worn on the head, the turban shields the man’s head from the harshness of the sun.

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