Tie & Dye/Chungadi of Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Tie & Dye/Chungadi of Madurai, Tamil Nadu


Tie and dye work is done in Madurai in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, by migrants from Saurashtra, Gujarat who have long since settled here. Backgrounds are typically in the dark colours preferred in the south like red, black, blue and purple and the tie and dye pattern is found all over the body of the saris. This style of tie and dye is locally called Chungidi. The specialty here is the kolam or rangoli patterns. The kolams are all geometric in nature and the borders of the sari are in contrasting colours.

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