Chunari / Tie & Dye Textile

Chunari / Tie & Dye Textile


The chunari, a wave-patterned Newari textile that was traditionally a must for wedding ceremonies is now a relatively rare sight. Used during the wedding function in Hindu Brahmin and Kshatriya farmer's homes, the chunari was used as an auspicious wrapping for the dowry gifts taken by the newly-wed bride to her husband's home. Among the Newars, especially of the sakya caste, the chunari fabric was used to wrap up the nuts, pills of keshari, and other items in a bala or brass bowl that was sent along with the bride to her new home. Chunaries were dyed by the chippah caste; however, these textiles are now almost a thing of the past.

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