Inspired by the desert landscape, leheriya is a popular tie and dye technique of Rajasthan, India. It is basically a resist dyeing method wherein the fabric is tied strategically to create complex patterns. “Leher” is the Rajasthani word for waves and the designs are inspired by natural patterns made by the wind blowing across the desert sands of Rajasthan. Although the craft dates back to the 17th century when colors were derived from plants and minerals, leheriya continues to be a popular tie-dye technique in modern times. More often than not, multiple colors are used to create wave patterns that run diagonally across the entire width of the fabric. One of the most commonly used fabrics for leheriya dye are cotton, georgette, and chiffon because of their lightweight. There are hundreds of applications of these beautifully dyed fabrics and we are here with a list of 9 ideas that will help you best incorporate leheriya into your wedding trousseau.
This one-shoulder kaftan is the ideal look for you this summer. Perfect for a mehendi or haldi function, this minimalist silhouette will steal the show wherever you go!
This flared anarkali set is extremely lightweight and super easy to carry. You can wear this to a pre-wedding puja, styled with some statement oxidized jewelry. The mitered yoke and hem details on the dupatta give an added edge to the garment.
Grooms can opt for a fine leheriya fabric to be draped around their head as a safa – the finer the wave patterns, the more intricate the turban. Go for a silk or cotton safa and style it by adding a brooch with some jewels and feathers.
Shararas are so en vogue that everybody wants one these days. As the bottoms can be extremely voluminous, it’s only sensible to use lightweight material, and what would be better than a vibrant leheriya sharara? Pair it with a simple tunic and you’re good to go.
A maxi dress is so versatile that you can style it in several ways and achieve the desired look. Pair this blue ensemble with chunky oxidized earrings for a traditional appeal or wear it as a onesie when hanging out with the gal gang.
The diagonal designs running across the fabric can be rather geometric and it is fun to break that with a little bit of asymmetry at the hemline. This light green kurta looks great paired with a printed palazzo that beautifully compliments the asymmetry and creates an overall flattering silhouette.
As leheriya is a diagonal design, creating pleats and gathers with the fabric results in new and interesting geometric patterns that are very eye-catching. This grey gathered dress is great for a cocktail party or even a day event with your favorite girls.
A solid pastel kurta set paired with a vibrant leheriya dupatta is an ideal outfit for any pre-wedding function. This pink ensemble is one of our favorites because of its simplicity and the attention to detail like the cutwork at the hemline of the pants.
Pre-stitched sarees have been in trend for a while now and you can add a boho twist to yours by opting for a dhoti-style drape instead of a regular one.
So, which one of these 9 stunning leheriya silhouettes are you most likely to try out this wedding season? Do let us know in the comments below.