A Gauzy Cotton Tie Dyed Rajasthani Turban: Complex Technique

$175.00 USD

early to mid twentieth century
approximately 15 yards x 6 1/2", approximately 14 meters x 16.5 cm

This is a beautifully created, shape resist dyed turban from Rajasthan, India. It is made from light weight cotton, almost a gossamer weight: the cloth is finely woven and is translucent--just marvelous.

The dyeing, too, is marvelous: this length of cloth was expertly dyed by pleating the cloth in at least two directions, and then binding and vat dyeing it in order to achieve the complex design that is so masterfully imprinted into the fibers of the cloth.

The coloration of this turban is a subtle, elegant and beautiful combination of pink, blue and maize tones. 

As can be seen on the accompanying detail photos this turban has been worn and the condition reflects that.

Regarding that please note: throughout the length of the turban there are holes to the finely woven cotton, there is light fading and there is some ingrained dirt--not so unusual knowing this delicate cloth was wound into an elaborately shaped head covering.

At one end there is a heavy border woven from metallic thread which is affixed to the body of the piece by machine stitching.

A remarkable piece to study or to display.