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Turban

Type: Clothing - Headwear
Object Name: Turban
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1940 - 1970
Dimensions: L 1250 cm x W 18 cm
Materials: Cotton; metal thread
Techniques: Plain woven; tie-dyed
ID Number: T2005.32.6
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

In Rajasthan, a desert state in Western India, clothes are dyed bright colours in patterns that recall the sun. The zigzag pattern on this turban looks like abstracted heat waves and is called “lahariya,” which stems from the word “lahara” meaning “wave.” The pattern is created by folding pleats into the cotton before tie-dying.