One of the many tie and dye patterns, the technique of Lehariya needs no introduction. Symbolizing water waves, lehariya comes from the word leher, which stands for a wave in English. Hence, its special place for monsoons!
Chiefly a Rajasthani dress design pattern, the beautiful stripes of different colours that form lehariya are a treat for the eyes in this weather. Did you know that auspicious colours of yellow and red, alternated in waves, is one of the original designs of lehariya?
Coming to the monsoon of 2014, when Alia Bhatt runs around effervescently in lehariya dupattas and kurtis in Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya, and even the lady of the royal house of Jaipur, Princess Diya Kumari is spotted most in her couture of lehariya saris, the pattern has become an aesthetic trend.
The best part about lehariya is that it isn’t biased towards women. It looks as tasteful on the turbans, kurtas and the cravat! Here are some quick fashion tips on how to wear your lehariya in the monsoon of 2014:
A lehariya kurti with a plain skirt, or the alternate, a plain shirt with a long flowing lehariya skirt.
A cotton or silk turban of lehariya over any formal suit or bandhgala is a norm of the Indian weddings
Kurta pyjama, with classically dyed lehariya kurta
Saris, suits and scarves reflect the beautiful of this weather
Mixing traditions and blending boundaries, the Afghani Kaftan with lehariya dyed over it is going to be quiet a head-turner
The list goes on, and we’re so proud that this season’s most-adored style is a gift of Rajasthan to the fashionable men and ladies of the country!
What do you imagine when you hear the words “tie and dye”?
-A women clad in embellished tie-and-dye saree with ornaments adorning her beauty, or
-A college girl adding a tie-and-dye scarf to take a break from her Plain-Jane look?
Well, you are not alone. “Tie-and-dye” is an inseparable part of Rajasthani culture. It has been around for centuries. Bandhej, Leheriya and Batik are the most popularly used forms of tie-and-dye that originated from this desert land.
People are drawn to tie dye as it is youthful, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tie and dye patterns have a certain exotic appeal to them. The beautiful art of tie and dye has made a sexy comeback. Of late, they have made their way to western wear and contemporary silhouettes. Their texture generates a liberated feel that makes them apt for glam resort or club wear for which they are being used lately.
With new experiments in fabric and color patterns, tie and dye has become a must-have in every wardrobe. There are as many ways to use tie-and-dye prints as you can think.
For a traditional look, wear a lightly embellished tie-and-dye lehenga with a blouse(choli) in solid colour and top it with a statement jewellery.
For a fun addition to your college dress, pair a tie-and-dye tee-shirt or tunic with your denims and you’re cool to go.
If you want to wear tie-and-dye but your office dress-code restricts it or you are too afraid to experiment, try adding it as a part of accessories like a scarf or a tote or wedges.
Tie-and-dye can be also worn as a stand- alone dress. Maxi gowns in tie-and-dye patterns are gaining popularity as resort wear.
It is a trend that has been a part of our culture, and now has set itself on runways of Paris and Milan alike. Try it out this spring!