ART STORY In Rajasthan, drapes worn as turbans and odhnis are patterned using the Bandhej technique of creating large and small dots called dabbi. The textiles are tied and dyed in multiple steps, from lightest to dark tones in a wide variety of colour combinations. The bold hues and bright contrasts of the textiles stand out when seen against a backdrop of the arid land, sepia all year round. Colour is a secret language here, communicating social status, occupation, rites of passage and changes in season. Red and white Bandhej textiles are worn during the month of Holi, welcoming spring, black is worn for Diwali, Pilo or yellow is worn by young mothers and red is auspicious wedding wear. In the parched lands of Rajasthan, water is revered and leher, the representation of water as a wave is auspicious, and is a symbol of bountiful harvests. For the festivals of Gangaur in spring and Teej during the monsoon, when the seasons change, multicoloured leheriya textiles are worn as turbans and veils. The wave form is created by tying rolled fabric on the bias with thread before dyeing in various stages. Mothra, a variation of the technique involves tying the fabric on both diagonals, creating small rectangular spaces that are named after moth, meaning pulse-like. Leheriya textiles are dyed on fine cottons and silks.