Intricate & traditional Bandhani patterns in mulberry silk on CHAKOR Pink saree.

Dot by Dot

Unravelling the Tapestry of Bandhani Tradition

In the genesis of creation, the dot marked the beginning, a solitary point from which lines unfurled, weaving together the marvels of existence. This profound metaphor echoes the essence of Bandhani, where each dot and line converge, birthing intricate patterns that mirror the interconnectedness of the universe.

Welcome to the world of Bandhani, where tradition intertwines with contemporary elegance, and every fabric tells a story of heritage and empowerment. We embark on a journey to celebrate the timeless beauty of Bandhani, while also championing the livelihoods of skilled artisans and weavers from rural India. Join us as we explore the intricate artistry of this cherished textile tradition.

Bandhani stands unrivalled as the most esteemed and cherished form in the realm of fabrics. Its age-old mastery in tie-dye techniques elevates it to a revered status, showcasing the pinnacle of skill and tradition in the rich tapestry of Indian textiles. This traditional art form, also known as Bandhej, involves tying small portions of fabric with threads to create intricate patterns before dyeing. Originating in the western regions of India, particularly Gujarat and Rajasthan, Bandhani, is an enduring textile luminary, stands as the pinnacle for cultural glam and festive flair, transcending time with timeless allure.

Embarking on Bandhani's Journey

Sanskrit verbal root बांध – bandh meaning "to bind, to tie" is where the term bandhani is derived from. The roots of this traditional hand-craft can be traced back over 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest textile traditions in India. The historical references and artefacts suggest its prevalence in ancient civilisations such as the Indus Valley.

Bandhani's connection with the Ajanta and Ellora cave paintings lies in their shared intricacy and cultural significance. Both art forms showcase meticulous craftsmanship and vibrant storytelling. The precise tying and dyeing process of Bandhani mirrors the attention to detail seen in the ancient murals. Just as the cave paintings depict diverse influences and narratives, Bandhani fabrics carry a rich tapestry of tradition and heritage, highlighting the enduring legacy of Indian artistry.


Over the centuries, Bandhani has evolved into a refined art form, passed down through generations of skilled artisans who have preserved its essence and technique. The practice became more widespread, with the earliest known examples dating back to the 18th century when it was used by women in Rajasthan, particularly those belonging to royal families or courtesans. Subsequently, Bandhani gained popularity among the common people, especially after its adoption by Hinduism as an auspicious symbol during weddings and festive occasions like Navratri, where it symbolizes prosperity and happiness.

Tradition and Evolution

The technique is believed to have originated in India and was used as early as 500 BC by Hindu priests who used it for meditation purposes. It's also believed that this art form was taught by Krishna himself!

At the core of Bandhani is meticulous craftsmanship, often performed in family workshops or clusters. Artisans intricately tie fabric portions with precision in a process called 'bandhna'. Also popularly known as bandhini, Chunri, Chungdi. Accomplished by skilled women who use their fingernails, this technique demands precision. After tying, the fabric undergoes dyeing, unveiling vibrant patterns when the threads are removed. Craftsmanship's quality is determined by intricacy; finer details signify superior artistry. In Bandhani, true craftsmanship shines through the meticulous process, celebrating its essence.

Today, individuals employ Bandhani techniques for various purposes: some seek to make their clothing or home décor items stand out, while others value them solely for their aesthetic appeal—and sometimes, both reasons apply!

Cultural Threads

Bandhani has transcended mere tradition to become a staple in the wardrobes of countless women across various communities and cultures. From the simplicity of everyday attire to the intricate elegance of celebratory ensembles, Bandhani sarees and odhanis adorn wearers with an unparalleled appreciation for the artisans behind each creation. This beloved handcrafted textile remains enduringly popular, cherished for its versatility and timeless allure.

Bandhani holds deep cultural significance, particularly within traditional Indian attire. It is intricately woven into the fabric of festive wear, bridal trousseaus, and celebratory ensembles. Renowned for symbolizing joy, prosperity, and the vibrancy of Indian culture, Bandhani sarees are revered choices for weddings and religious ceremonies. With their intricate patterns and vibrant hues, Bandhani fabrics evoke a sense of tradition and celebration, embodying India's rich cultural heritage and timeless elegance.

Kutchi Bandhani

The makers of Kutchi Bandhani are skilled artisans from the Kutch region in Gujarat, India. These artisans, often belonging to communities like Muslim Khatri and Meghwal, acquire their skills through familial or community-based training. They use traditional tools and techniques, collaborating within their communities to preserve the authenticity of Kutchi Bandhani. This craft not only serves as an art form but also plays a vital role in the livelihood of these communities, contributing to the cultural richness of the region. Preservation efforts and regional specialization add depth to the continuation of this traditional tie-dye craft.

Empowering Rural Artisans

Women practising the art of tying knots manually to create intricate bandhani patterns.

Women play a central role in the crafting of each piece. Passed down through generations, this ancient art form sees skilled women meticulously tying fabric portions with precision and care. With deft fingers and practised techniques, they create intricate patterns that adorn sarees, dupattas, and fabrics.

From family workshops to community clusters, these women bring to life the vibrant tapestry of Bandhani, their craftsmanship and dedication ensuring the beauty and quality of each piece. In every knot tied and every pattern formed, the spirit and skill of these artisans shine through, underscoring their invaluable contribution to the timeless allure of Bandhani.
Behind every Bandhani masterpiece lies the dedication and skill of rural artisans and weavers who infuse their passion into every inch of the fabric. At CHAKOR, we are committed to uplifting these communities by providing fair wages, sustainable employment, and access to global markets. By choosing our ethically crafted Bandhani products, you not only adorn yourself in elegance but also empower these artisans to thrive and preserve their cultural heritage.

Beyond Tradition

While rooted in tradition, Bandhani continues to evolve with contemporary flair, captivating a new generation of fashion enthusiasts. Our collection seamlessly blends timeless charm with modern sensibility, offering a curated selection of sarees, dupattas, and fabrics that resonate with the discerning tastes of today's independent women. With each purchase, you not only embrace exquisite craftsmanship but also contribute to a larger mission of social impact and sustainability.

 Close up of Chakor's Mesmerising Bandhani saree in orange and red colour adorned with delicate & sparkling Mukaish embroidery.

Chakor's Tribute

Our dedication to showcasing Bandhani's beauty reflects a harmonious blend of tradition, inviting you to explore the timeless elegance and cultural narrative woven into each saree. In addition to sarees, dupattas, and fabrics for kurtas, sets, dress material, blouses in a range in natural and pure fabrics like cotton & silk, featuring vibrant colors and delicate embroideries that enhance Bandhani motifs.

As you embark on your journey with CHAKOR, we invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty and significance of Bandhani. From the vibrant hues of our sarees to the intricate patterns of our dupattas, every piece is a testament to the enduring legacy of Indian textiles.

Together, let us weave a future where tradition thrives, artisans flourish, and elegance knows no bounds. Join us in celebrating the magic of Bandhani, where threads of tradition, empowerment, and elegance intertwine to create a tapestry of beauty and purpose.

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