Bandhani- The Tie and Dye Craft

Origin

This craft came into existence in Kutch in the 12th century when the ‘Khatri’ community migrated from Sindh. This craft is executed by taking a section of a fabric and tying tight knots on it in a certain pattern and then dyed. The threads are removed after the dyeing process to reveal the circular resist motif to create bandhani. The Kutchi bandhani is renowned for its extremely fine dots and refined sense of composition.

There can be many different sizes of dots on a single fabric depending on the tying of knots which can be extremely minute, sometimes difficult to trace by the naked eye. The craftsmanship quality can be comprehended by the silhouette or contours or kaff of the dots formed as well as by the uniformity of their size and spacing. The tying is usually done by the women while the dyeing is done by the men.

Bandhani is made more exclusive by dyeing in natural vegetable dyes which become richer with time. Some local natural resources such as madder and pomegranate is used to create a range of natural hues.

Our Attempt

We @GingerBandar are presenting to you the finest quality and most exclusive kind of bandhani from an artist who belongs to a small village in Kutch (Bhadli Nakhatrana) and puts in a lot of meticulous work in his designs. He draws his inspiration from natural forms, birds, trees, water or any such inspiration that strikes when he is observing and perceiving the world on his own. We believe in showcasing and encouraging such artists who are surviving in remote village towns and have dedicated their life to a craft they have inherited from their ancestors and have improved upon by adding their own touch to it.

We also want to promote the usage of vegetable natural dyes over chemical dyes prevailing in the market today.

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