Tie and dye (also known as Bandhani in India) refers to a resist- dyeing technique where a length of cloth is bound in several places using threads, before dying. Later, the unravelling of these knots result in the creation of fantastic designs such as ambadal, shikari, chandrakukdi, and satbandi.
Mentions of the first bandhani saris date back to texts from the time of Alexander, which describe the beautiful saris of India. Today, Rajasthani and Gujurati weavers have been practicing the art for over five thousand years, and are famous for producing incredibly intricate and attractive designs.
Ochre, red, black, green, blue and pink are classic tie and dye colours, each with its own meaning. For instance, red is a wedding colour and symbolises luck in a woman’s married life, while yellow implies recent motherhood. Bandhani saris, being vibrant are suitable for a variety of occasions- be it a day time function or festive wear.