This elegant silk scarf has been designed and hand dyed in Gujarat by one of the leading generational practitioners of bandhani art. In the bandhani process, patterns are made by gathering tiny knots of fabric with the fingertips (long nails help!) and each knot is wound up with cotton. The piece is then dyed, with the tied up areas ‘resisting’ the new colour. Many bandhani pieces are knotted and dyed many times to arrive at the final product and can take weeks to complete.
One of the features of bandhani is its crinkly texture, created by the knots. This is part of the character of the technique, although they are commonly ironed out. We have left ours crinkly so that you can decide!
Size: 140cm x 45cm
Care: Dry clean only
(The photos on the left show the master craftsman tying the tiny knots. The piece then goes into large dyeing vats which are shown here being stirred by the craftsman’s nephew.)