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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Lahariya II

If you're enamoured by tie-dyed Indian textiles, be sure to pick up a copy of Hali, summer 2009. Jayne Graham writes about centuries-old lahariya turbans of Rajasthan. (Lahariya literally means "wavy," and the term is often used to describe a tie-dyed design in chevron stripes or zig-zags.) Graham explains that the chevron is an ancient geometric motif symbolizing water. It frequently appears in Indian architecture, ornament, and block-printed textiles. To produce the distinctive rainbow stripes of lahariya turbans, she says cloth was traditionally folded and rolled "on the diagonal into long ropes which were resist-bound and dyed successively in different colors."

It's an interesting, beautifully illustrated article.

Shown at the top left:
Maharaja Gaj Singh I of Jodhpur (r.1619-38)
Portrait ca. 1725-40
Mehrangarh Museum Trust

Shown on the right:
Late 19th-early 20th century lahariya turban
Photo by Peter Barker


The Peak of Chic said...

I've always liked chevron prints, but had no idea what they represented! That is truly, truly interesting. Gorgeous colors, too.

Mrs. Blandings said...

We are tie-dying this summer but I doubt it will turn out as terrific as this.

La Maison Fou said...

Love the similarity in the two images, yet they are totally unrelated!
Thanks, Have a good weekend!

katiedid said...

Doing a bit of catching up! Your artist's posts are inspiring me to break out the paints. My girls have also gotten into the act and are "sharing" a canvas. (They won't let me see it until it's finished!) A wonderful series and fun to see all of the artists "in residence"!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

So interesting. I always wondered what the name of that technique was called. I can always count on learning something new and helpful from you Courtney!

Style Court said...

Everyone, glad you find this interesting! Thanks for stopping by,

Kalee said...

Thanks for this post! I am postively in love with Indian prints and hope to make a trip soon to India.

COVER said...

glad you like the article & thanks for the link! lots more about textiles from all around the world in Hali Magazine!

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Happy reading!