Wrap-Resist-Dyed (Lahariya) Turban Cloth
Indian (Rajasthan), early 20th century


An early-20th-century example of the prized turban cloths produced in Rajputana (modern-day Rajasthan), in a process of tie-dyeing or wrap resist-dyeing termed lahariya for the distinctive wave or zig-zag pattern (from the Hindi lahar for "wave") often formed in the dyeing process, in which the cotton is tightly wrapped and dipped in successive colored dye baths. This complete turban cloth length does not feature the lahariya patterning but rather a series of variegated diagonal stripes interpersed with the checkered motifs, or mothara for the Hindi word for "lentil," achieved by unwrapping the cloth, re-wrapping it in the opposite diagonal direction, and dyeing it again.


648" L (approx. 18 yds) x 7.5" W

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