You would have surely heard of Bandhani sarees. Bandhani, also called Bandhej is a unique tie and dye technique. It is famous for its origin from the areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Each bandhani piece is hand crafted by artisans, and while it may embody contemporary style and designs, it stays strong to its roots.
The unique technique of Bandhani tie and dye is a highly skilled process and Bandhani sarees, bandhani dupattas or any other type of bandhani cloth is always prepared by hand. These handcrafted pieces are mostly made in Gajji silk, Georgette, Crepe and Silks. The special technique of Bandhani has been handed down through generations as an artform.
How is Bandhani or Bandhej made
For the Bandhani or bandhej technique, a fabric is dyed after it is tied tightly with thread at several points to create a variety of patterns. Unique combinations of thread tying creates clusters of patterns and striking color combinations are used to create each intricate piece of bandhani or jamnagari bandhej fabric. The skilled artisans use fingernails or nails made of iron for the unusually large number of times a piece of cloth has to be tied with thread. Elaborate arrangements of geometric patterns, leaves, flowers, humans and trees are created by repeating the tying and dying process. The cloth pieces are then made into sarees, suits, dupattas, kurtis or even turbans. With added mirror or gotta work the fabrics look even more beautiful and create a lovely look when used to dress in.
Derived from a traditional word - Bandhan, which means tying or to tie - the technique has a historic past, yet Bandhani is fashionable as it is versatile. Planning to buy a bandhani saree? You’re making a perfect choice because Bandhani is suitable for every occasion - whether it is an important ceremony or occasion like a wedding or another traditional function, or a casual get-together with friends, or even a shopping spree.
Favourite bandhani fabrics and colours
Bandhani is a perfect combination of bright and bold colors, with lightweight, soft fabrics that are easy to wear and maintain. Traditional, yet fun, Bandhani comes in a variety of colours and combinations - red, maroon, blue, yellow, green and orange. Leheriya is a type of Bandhani work. Adding a zari or similar border enhances the look of the garment.
Buy bandhani at Ranas
You can choose from our extensive collection online and wear your Bandhani however you please. It suits different dressing styles, body types and most weathers. Bandhani sarees are paired with a traditional single-colored blouse, but sometimes a fancy designer blouse also looks great. Jewellery worn with bandhani or bandhej is often traditional.
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