Thursday, July 18, 2024


Gujarat Handicrafts

Dyeing - Bandhani

Dyeing is a hereditary art. In the past, cloth was dyed in natural colours extracted from trees and flowers. The Sarkhei suburb of Ahmedabad was one of the indigo manufacturing and exporting centres.

The Bandhani, tie and dye variety of sari is a very popular women's wear. It involves an intricate process of tying knots on the fine white fabrics, which are dipped in colours. The hues of deeper shades are used over the previous ones to form the coloured back ground of the cloth.

Bandhani, basically the tying and dyeing of clothes is one of the traditional ways of dying in India. Practiced mainly in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the colours commonly used in Bandhani are bright like yellow, red, green, blue and black. 

Bandhani work can be done in silk, chiffon, georgette, cotton materials. Whereas Silk materials are advised to be washed in mild detergent, the first wash of cotton Bandhani is to be done in salt water. Always dry the material under shade.