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Bandhani sarees are a representation of the combined efforts of a group of people. It symbolizes togetherness. When a woman adorns this saree, she is wearing centuries worth of traditions. So, what is this Bandhani technique all about?
To break the word into its proper understanding, Bandhani is coined from the word “bandh” which literally means to tie. Dyeing technique has been an age-old tradition existing in India from the time of Indus Valley Civilization. For years Indians have been masters in utilizing Indigo to dye their clothing.
It is interesting to know that Bandhani sarees as an attire has been seen adorned by women depicted in the cave paintings of Ajanta. These Buddhist caves date back between the 2nd century BC to 480 AD. An art that has survived for centuries due to its simplicity and superlative charm sure does deserve a lot of attention.
It is well-known that to create a single dot in Bandhani, the fabric is tied and the sarees designed are painstakingly put to form. While the artisans are exuberantly working to create newer patterns and designs, there are some traditional designs that are equally popular even today. To name a few, Ambadaali, Mothra, Bavan Baug, Chandrakal, Shikari, and Ekdali are some evergreen techniques.
The traditional colours for authentic Bandhani sarees are: red, green, blue, black, and yellow. The final products popularly known are “Ghar Chola”, “Chandrakhoni”, “Patori”, and “Khombi”. The popular places which have years of tradition and heritage attached to it are Jetpur, Mandavi, Pethapur, Jamnagar, Kutch, Bhuj, Porbandar and Rajkot in Gujarat. Whereas, in Rajasthan, Udaipur, Ajmer, and Bikaner are famous for its authentic quality collection.
Fast forward to today, Bandhani is renowned as the cultural heritage of the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. In north India, it is more popular with the word “Bandhej”. But the technique remains the same with changes in the patterns.
The wondrous combination of “Tie and Dye” is Bandhani. The unique diamond-shaped design is an outcome of the knot tied and the fabric dipped in the colour of your choice. Many men and women are skilful artisans in this art. It requires years of training to master it. Usually, it is passed on from one generation to another in families like most arts in India in handicrafts here.
The uniqueness of this form of design is that it gels well with any ensemble. Whether it is a saree, a dress, or even a Kurti, the Bandhani can be easily used for attributing uniqueness to the garb.
Like any form of saree, there are many attributes that make the Bandhani sarees breathtakingly beautiful. The base fabric largely contributes to the look and feel of the final saree. Different colours and designs personify differently based on the type of fabric or cloth that is put to use.
The fabrics that are prominently used for this saree to look decadent are silk, cotton silk, chiffon, cotton, and georgette. The most royal and famous fabric used is the “Gaji Silk” for these sarees.
The beauty of these sarees is that it can be made as regal-looking with the silk sarees fabric and as simplistic with cotton fabric. It only looks beautiful no matter how you construct it.
Designers and fashion enthusiasts are always on the look for revamping the old and traditional forms of techniques in clothing. There is so much new going on with the Bandhani sarees collection. It has been progressively combined with other traditional arts like the Gota-Patti from Rajasthan that accentuates the Bandhani. Additionally, the mirror work of Gujarat is equally famous and when combined with Bandhani, it is art taken to a different level.
Women of the next-gen are embracing the Bandhani sarees by adding their touch of modernization to it. They opt for totally different colours from bright fluorescent pinks and neons to subtle pastels in the shades of blue, pink, and off-whites.
While there is so much going on, the traditional Bandhani saree is yet very much in demand. Women love to accessorize with oxidized jewellery to complete their look or try the different drapes.
Most women nowadays prefer to shop online for Bandhani sarees. It gives them a plethora of options available at a single click. Not only do they get a chance to look for remarkable colour options, but there is also a great chance for unique designs.
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