Definition of Bayadere

Fibre: Silk.

Weave: Crosswise rib (plain or twill weave).

Characteristics: Has brightly coloured stripes in the filling direction. Often black warp. The colour effects are usually startling or bizarre. Mostly produced in India. Name derived from the Bajadere dancing girl of India, dedicated from birth to a dancing life. The Bayadere costume includes the striped garment, a flimsy scarf or shawl, jewelled trousers, spangles, sequins, anklets.

Uses: Blouses, dresses, after 5 wear.

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