Leheriya, also popular as lehariya, is a traditional Indian style of tie dye. It beautifully exemplifies the rich heritage of the state of Rajasthan. Further, the dyeing technique derives its name from the Rajasthani word for wave. This technique results in bright and colorful leheriya sarees with distinctive wave patterns.
Moreover, what makes this traditional art very fascinating is the way the ripple effect comes out in attractive colours. If you come across any leheriya saree, you will notice the diagonal stripes along with mesmerizing colour combinations.
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Local traders patronized the traditional art of leheriya in the 19th and early 20th century. These were actually the traders and merchants who used to wear turbans of colorful Leheriya fabric.
For a long time, leheriya formed an essential part of male business attire in the state of Rajasthan. Interestingly, the royal class, especially from the Marwari community, used to wear blue head turbans.
Depicting joy, the motifs and designs of this traditional art beautifully illustrate the simplicity of the Rajasthani culture. Gradually, women clothing also saw the introduction of leheriya in a range of items. These included sarees, dupattas and lehengas. In modern times, leheriya is part of casual clothing too.
Skilled craftsmen practice dyeing using the tie-resist method. They make the beautiful patterns of countless waves respectively.
Firstly, artisans select fabrics in cotton, silk, chiffon or georgette in lighter colors. Next, they tie and fold the cloth in a skillful manner. The end result is the appearance of the striped pattern on the cloth. Moreover. it is amazing to see bright colors on every alternate stripe.
Traditional method sees the use of natural dyes and multiple washes. Also, artisans use indigo or alizarin during the final stage of preparation. The traditional style of leheriya is currently being produced at many places in Rajasthan. These include Jaipur, Jodhpur, as well as Udaipur.