Collection: Bandhani kurta set

The Story of Dots - Bandhani | Bandhej

Bandhani knotting on gaji silk fabric in process

Bandhani stands unrivaled 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.

Historical Roots

Sanskrit verbal root बांधbandh 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 The historical references and artifacts suggest its prevalence in ancient civilizations such as the Indus Valley.

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.

Craftsmanship and Technique

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, people continue to use the technique but for different reasons: sometimes they want their clothes or home decor items to stand out; other times they want them for their beauty alone--and sometimes both!

Various Traditional Designs in Bandhani

Bandhani comes in various styles, each with its distinctive patterns. Motifs reflect a rich language drawn from simple elements of homes, surroundings, nature, and regional influences. Each motif tells a story, creating a visual narrative within the fabric. A few types of bandhani are :

  • Leheriya Bandhani : Originating from Rajasthan, Leheriya Bandhani is characterised by diagonal stripes resembling waves. The name 'Leheriya' is derived from the Hindi word for waves, and the technique involves tying the fabric at intervals to create the fluid, undulating pattern. 
  • Shikari Bandhani or Memna Bandhani : Known for its intricate patterns resembling a hunter's net, Shikari Bandhani is a traditional style that requires exceptional precision. The spiral-like design adds a touch of sophistication and complexity to the fabric.
  • Gharchola : a Bandhani design, traditionally a wedding saree for the bride, symbolises marital bliss and prosperity. This intricate pattern features diverse motifs arranged in a checkered layout, woven in zari on fine silk or cotton.
  • Ekdali Bandhani : Ekdali, meaning single dot, is a Bandhani style where single dots are created at regular intervals. This simple yet elegant pattern is popular for its versatility and can be found in sarees, dupattas, and other traditional garments.
  • Jangla or Zangla : The name refers to a a trellis or lattice. This design features a ornate grid or lattice pattern, representing order and structure.

Cultural Significance

Bandhani has deep cultural significance, especially in the context of traditional Indian attire. It is an integral part of festive wear, bridal trousseaus, and celebratory ensembles. Bandhani sarees are a popular choice for weddings and religious ceremonies, symbolizing joy, prosperity, and the vibrancy of Indian culture.

Regional Influence

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.


Mesmerising Bandhani - Pure silk embellished sarees by Chakor 

Chakor's Mesmerising Bandhani

CHAKOR proudly embraces Bandhani's rich heritage, offering an exquisite collection that epitomize the timeless beauty of this traditional craft. Meticulously crafted with precision, each Bandhani saree is a work of art, a testament to India's cultural richness. Whether you choose the grandeur of gharchola or the intricate spiral patterns of Shikari Bandhani, our collection promises to elevate your style authentically. Bandhani, with its profound history and intricate tie-dye technique, captivates those who appreciate the artistry of Indian textiles. CHAKOR's 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. Appreciate the luxurious softness of mercerised mulmuls, cambrics, and Mangalgiri cottons, along with the finesse of mulberry silks, gaji silks, crepes, and Banarasi georgettes. Each fabric, from satin, cottons to silks, offers a distinct touch of elegance, making them a delightful choice for refined and comfortable attire..

Experience the magic of Bandhani, a craft that has withstood the test of time, woven into the very fabric of Indian Classic fashion.