Summing Up

Bandhani is truly an art and it’s a common sight to see not only women wearing outfits of Bandhej but also the men can be found wearing turbans with Bandhej motifs. The main market is in Gujarat but it is being sold all over India as the demand has increased over the past few decades. […]

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The most widely used element in bandhani is a simple dot-bindi. Using this many elaborate motifs can be made. Knots are placed in clusters each with a different name such as 1 dot is ekadali and 3 dots is trikunti. Square rather than round motifs are also common and are called laddu or dabbi. They […]


8. Developing Association

In the last few decades, bandhani has experienced success in Indian urban and global markets. Adapted designs, new colours, natural dyes and new garments made by skilled craftspeople using the traditional technique can be found in up-market shops all over India and abroad. An individual who has worked hard to keep the traditional craft of bandhani […]

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6. Tools And Techniques

The most widely used element in Bandhani is the simple dot which is formed by pinching a small area of cloth and tightly wrapping cotton thread around the raised part. The cotton binding keeps the dye from reaching that part of the cloth.   Before dying process starts, the design is marked on to the […]

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5. Social Cultural Analysis

Gujarat has been one of the India’s major textile producers since very early times. The technique of Bandhani have been brought to Gujarat by craftsmen from Sind, perhaps in 16th century. Nowhere in India has Bandhani reached such heights of technique and designs in Gujarat. The satin weave known as Gajji which was used for […]

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  What is Bandhani? Bandhani is a technique of tie and dye. As the name suggests, the technique of Tie and Dye involves two stages: tying sections of a length of cloth (silk or cotton) and then dunking it into vats of color. The rainbow-tinged turbans of the Rajputs and the odhnis of their women […]

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