- The turban has been an essential element of traditional Rajasthani men’s clothing. Like most Indian traditional clothing - it’s colors and styles vary across communities and the occasion.
- Among the most beautiful of these are the fine muslin turbans in the Leheria technique with the characteristic leher or wave in 2 or more colors.
- When worn , the diaphanous , overlapping layers create an interaction of color and stripe that is simple unique. In some designs up to 9 tints were used for an extremely complex visual effect. A single turban requiring a month or so to produce.
- Apart from their use as turbans , prized greatly by Rajput princes and nobility , leheria fabrics were fashioned into women’s garments like ghagharas (long skirts) , kurtas (long tops) .Of the many historic examples of leheria that survive , most cannot be dated any earlier than the nineteenth century.
The Sewing Room - a small space to get away from it all.
Aymara women walk in Jesus de Machaca, Bolivia.
Family in Textile Art - Azul - Chiapas, Mexico
Textile Art - Blue Dress
Women at the Peruvian Market
A dye-workers hands carrying threads in Khulm, Afghanistan,
A weaver creates a saree work of art using an extremely intricate handloom.
The silk piece currently in the loom will take approximately 45 days to finish and sell for around 10,000 Indian rupees (US$222). Frankly, that price is a bargain considering how much work goes into the production of one of these beautiful pieces of clothing.