Bandhani sarees are created in Gujarat and Rajasthan and sold in surrounding places, such as Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, and Jaipur. “Bandhan,” or “Bandhani,” is the term used for “tying up.” This art can be traced back to pre-historic times when dyers experimented with various types of thread and used vegetable dyes to achieve brilliant colors, before weaving the cloth. This art has also been developed in other countries, such as Western China, Africa, Japan and many parts of southeast Asia. These saris, with their brilliant color combinations, are generally created in striking combinations, such as blue and pink, red and green, cream and maroon or yellow and brown, to name a few.
Men and women, from the Muslim Khatri Community of Kutch, worked on meter lengths of cloth, tying them into millions of tiny knots. These sarees were originally printed in cotton and silk. The Gharchola, Khombi, Chandokhani, and Patori are some of the current products that were sold in the market. Today the vegetable dyes are being replaced by synthetic dyes, which prove to be more permanent and quick-setting. The modern technique is to use cold water fiber reactive dyes, which enable the application of different colors, at the same time. The sarees are created from natural fibers such as cotton, silks, rayon and today many of these saris are being sold in materials, such as georgettes, chiffons, jacquards, and faux crepes. Duplicate sarees are also sold in the market at much lower prices. This causing much consternation to the original weavers and manufacturers of Bandhani saris.
During Navaratri and festive occasions, women traditionally wear striking combinations in brilliant hues and play Dandia for the nine nights that make up the festival. You can see women flashing their beautiful lehenga-style bandhani sarees and having fun. The sight is captivating and mesmerizing, as women in various styles and designs, add a splash of vibrant color, as they dance and have fun. Young girls wear chunky Kundan jewelry to match and the gaiety of the festival is matched by the creative interplay of colors, fabrics, and prints.
The intricate craftsmanship of the Bandhani sarees creates a stunning impact when the saree is enhanced with embellishments, such as stonework, Resham, antique beads, or Cutdana sequins. These sarees can be worn as heavy brocade jacquard or georgette zardozi by brides in scintillating colors. Bandhani saris look elegant, dressy and fashionable and can be worn in versatile styles.
Select from a wide range of colors that range from soft pastel shades to brilliant hues. Look classy in silk, royal in raw silk, sizzling in chiffons and dazzling in shimmery georgettes. Wear the bandhani saree like the traditional ones, or select any of the styles, chosen by fashion designers to look lavishing.
Decide whether you wish to present an ethnic demure look, or a hot and sensational look when you plan to wear a bandhani sari this season. Drape the original bandhani saree well and ensure that you carry a matching clutch bag with trendy Kundan jewelry to look your gorgeous best.