THE LEGACY OF BANDHANI ART : BANDHANI DUPATTAS
Bandhani textile art is a gift of tradition from ancestral artisans in the Indian subcontinent. This art form has its pride, culture, and heritage with years of history. Used variedly on cotton or luxurious Gaji Silk, the striking bandhani patterns are emblematic of excellent craftsmanship. The Gaji Silk bandhani dupattas are a trending pick for dressing up at any Indian wedding or event. Also known as Bandhej art, these exuberant dot prints celebrate the folk flair of artisans making their waves from local markets to the ramps of fashion weeks. It is evident from current fashion trends that bandhej dupattas are a versatile element in every wardrobe.
Turning pages of History: Origin and Significance
To appreciate the essence of Bandhani, it is important to understand its notable significance in history. Astonishing evidence has been found of the use of bandhani and dyeing dating back to 4000 B.C at the time of the Indus Valley Civilization. On the walls of Ajanta Caves, there is significant use of Bandhani dots that can be traced in the paintings portraying the life of Buddha.
Another remarkable mention of Bandhani is found in the details of royal marriage described in Harshacharita, a prominent historical text. For centuries Bandhani saree and Bandhani dupattas are believed to be an item of auspicious clothing for a bride.
The Sanskrit word “Bandh” which means to tie leads to the evolution of the term Bandhani. This craft is native to the western parts of India and the most famous Bandhani work is found in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in India.
The Bandhani art is a revered ancestral practice in many communities in India. The Khatri community of Kutch and Saurashtra is one of such artisans keeping this heritage alive and flourishing.
The Making of Bandhani
Our authentic Bandhani dupattas / Bandhej dupattas are made using Tie and dye technique. It involves two major steps that require expertise and experience to create every single masterpiece on a yard of cloth. All types of textiles are used in this art, but the use of Gaji Silk, glossy vegetable-based silk is used for making opulent pieces. Our variety of Gaji Silk bandhani dupattas are procured from verified vendors to ensure best quality.
- The first step is to tie the cloth in minute knots. The fabric is plucked and tied with threads forming little raised structures of Bandhani.
- The craftsmen have to be extremely precise and neat at their job at this stage as these knots hold up the entire essence of the complete design.
- The next step is to dye the fabric with bright colors and shades. Due to the knots, the entire cloth gets colored and little tied spots remain white or whatever the base color of the fabric was while tying them.
- Subsequently, the knots are untied and there is playful magic of contrasting bindis (dots of bandhani) spread all over in figurative patterns. And believe us, it is extremely breath-taking.
These festive prints look phenomenal on every occasion and are extremely versatile. There is an escalating demand for Bandhani Dupattas (a piece of rectangular cloth worn as an extra-long scarf) and Bandhani Sarees (a yard of fabric draped and worn in different styles native to India).
This extraordinary process is a melting pot of skilled craftsmanship and love for art and culture that holds history and marvel of textile art.
Since the very inception of Khatri Jamnadas Bechardas, our vision has been to portray the raw and regal traditions of Indian Textile Art. Our motto is to serve our clients with quality and instil trust and satisfaction as a brand. We at Khatri Jamnadas Bechardas are preserving and promoting this timeless textile art to reach millions of customers globally. Visit Khatri Jamnadas Bechardas and discover the enchanting world of ethnic Indian apparel.