Title: Leheriya –The way India does shibori
Instructor: Kamaldeep Kaur
Workshop Duration: Two Day
Date: Friday 16, Saturday 17, October 2015
Location: Marine Station Laboratory, Bonne Bay
Leher means waves of the ocean. This technique of tie and dye is practiced only in a few areas of Rajasthan .It is not practiced in any other state of India; this makes it a very unique craft. Resist dyeing (baandhani and Leheriya) are two very unique and rare techniques practiced in western India. One uses the form of super fine circles created by very simple but special tools. The other is a very complex play of rolling, folding and re-rolling the fabric to create Leher or waves of the sea. I will be very happy to share these techniques with textile friends in Canada. Using interplay of natural dyes and mordents to create a variety of colours. I will be very happy to share any further information that might be required other than the information provided. We will also be able to develop an extensive natural dye, shade card using these dye materials.
Kamaldeep Kaur was born in 1974 and started her career in 1996, after finishing her 2 year design diploma in fashion in New Delhi. Working with one of the top design houses, designer shops and then some fashion boutiques, gave her a good idea of the functionality of the market.
But her main interest was dyeing and printing. She joined the Gujarat state emporium in 1997 and started exploring traditional techniques, by doing extensive research and design development in the villages of Gujarat. In 1998 the Ministry of textiles chose her, for her first six month long project in tie and dye. She worked with two different groups in clamp and baandhani technique. The results were highly regarded and appreciated and led to six different projects staying the villages with the craft communities from 1998-2006.
Different companies started approaching her after seeing her work in GURJARI-the state emporium .Damask as a company was thus launched and she started doing her own production of soft furnishings and Indian garments and fabrics.
In the year 2000, she did her first collection of one of a kind scarves and shawls, on silk, using natural dyes; these were highly appreciated and became her main product line, and remains so till now.