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Bandhani Saree

Bandhani Saree

Bandhani Saree


Bandhani is a type of tie n dye textile decorated by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design. The term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit word banda ("to tie"). Today most Bandhini making centers are situated in Gujarat and Rajasthan where it's known as Sungudi. Earliest evidence of Bandhani dates back 4000 B.C. The earliest example of the most pervasive type of Bandhani dots can be seen in the 6th century paintings depicting the life of Buddha found on the wall of Cave 1 at Ajanta. Bandhani is also known as Bandhej, Bandhni, Piliya, and Chungidi in Tamil and regional dialects. Other tying techniques include Mothra, Ekdali and Shikari depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The art of Bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points, thus producing a variety of patterns like Chandrakala, BavanBaug, Shikari; depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The main colors used in Bandhani are yellow, red, blue, green and black.

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