Khes weaving in Punjab

A popular thick cotton wraparound for men, the khes is used as a means of protection against harsh winds. It is made of coarse yarn. Often half the yarn is dyed black and chequered designs are woven in black and white.

The need for covering the floors of the houses with cotton rather than woollen spreads popular in Persia, brought in the durree and the khes. The hangings in the colourful tents led to the invention of the floral designs on rough cloth, The textiles for use in ceremonials became even more variegated under the Mughals; the animated bright colours of Haryana fabrics are likely to spread more and more to the entire world, as the drabness of the 'technology-run-mad' syndrome demands richness for the eyes.

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