Man's "wave" turban (laharia) - 2010.26.1_1


Man's "wave" turban (laharia)

Medium:Coil resist-dyed cotton tabby with metallic thread
Geography: Rājasthān, India
Date: 1850-1899
Object number: 2010.26.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
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The cotton textile for this turban has been hand-dyed by coil resist with 57 pattern changes in over 7 different dye baths. Over 16 metres in length, it is the measure of a man’s status. It demonstrates the dyer’s skill and the owner’s wealth and power. A sign of largesse, it was gifted from the wealthy to retainers.

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