Whether you live in the Western part of India or not, you are definitely aware of Navaratri’s pomp and grandeur? Navarati is a celebration of nine nights; it’s all about foot-tapping beats, and well-choreographed dance moves and several bursts of colours, wearing dresses suitable to the occasion. However, Navaratri has changed over the years. Bollywood dance has combined with Dandiya, the traditional folk dance of Gujarat. Designer Lehengas have replaced the “Ghagra Choli”, the traditional attire of Gujarat. But the charm of Bandhani Sarees is still not lost from this region.
The Bandhni or Bandhej saree is made through an intricate process of weaving, which features patterns like dots, stripes, waves or squares. These are made by tying small portions of the fabric at intervals with continuous thread. The cloth is dyed after that. This process of tying the cloth is what gives “Bandhni”, its name.
The earliest evidence of Bandhani goes back to the Indus Valley Civilisation (4000 B.C.) Nowadays, however, Ahmedabad is the center for this dyeing art. The master craftsmen are believed to be from the Khatri Community of Kutchh and Saurashtra. Bandhnis is strongly associated with the people of Gujarat and Rajasthan and is an important part of Navaratri celebration. Gujaratis accept the fact that their dandiya nights would not be the same without bandhani!
These sarees, which is usually crafted in vibrant colours like red, green, blue, yellow, pink and purple, the Bandhani saree, have connection with the life of a woman. Red, for instance is for the newly wedded brides, while yellow is for the new mothers.
Bandhani is very famous both in Gujarat and Rajasthan, but this art of dyeing differs in both the states. This form of art is known as Leheriya, in Rajasthan, as it takes wave-like patterns. The thin cotton or silk fabric is rolled diagonally from one corner to another. In order to keep the colours intact, the skillful technique of resist-dyeing is applied. Leheriya is popularly used for turbans, sarees and dupatta.
From “Leheriya”, the Mothara technique of dyeing comes. In this method, the fabric has been rolled diagonally one way and dyed; it is again rolled from the diagonally opposite side. This results in a chequered pattern with only tiny, lentil-sized undyed areas.
Whether Bandhani, Leheriya or Mothara, we think for their sheer beauty, these dyeing arts ought to be revived this festive season. Get ready to make a colourful splash; shop these bandhani sarees, from Indian Silk House Agencies now!