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A woman's wardrobe is incomplete without a lively bandhani saree. Considered to be one of the most vibrant and colorful fabrics, Bandhani is an essential part of Indian textile heritage. Bandhani, also popularly known as Bandhej is an ancient method of tie and dye practiced mainly in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Gujarat is best known for its bright-colored and fine Bandhani work. YOYO Fashion is based in Surat, Gujarat, we source the best Bandhej Sarees which are extremely beautiful and 100% authentic.  Being located in Gujarat, we have the advantage of sourcing the best collection of Bandhani sarees. We have close ties with Bandhani workers who have been engaged in this trade and art since many ages and generations across. We have developed good relations with textile traders, designers and weavers in the State to bring out an exclusive collection of Bandhani sarees online. That how online shopping of Bandhani Sarees from YOYO Fashion will be very different and make you stand out from the crowd.

Origin of Bandhej Saree

The art of dyeing dates back some 5,000 years ago. It can be traced to the discovery of a dyed cotton fabric during the Indus Valley Civilisation. The tradition of Bandhani is very closely associated with deep-rooted social customs. As per historical evidence, the first Bandhani saree was worn in a royal marriage during the time of Bana Bhatt`s Harshacharita. One of its earliest pieces of evidence can be seen in the Ajanta caves. In fact, even today a Bandhani garment is considered to be a must-have during weddings and festivals. The art of Bandhani is practiced in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, where it is known as Bandhani or Bandhej. Bandhani or tie-and-dye is the most important traditional handicraft of the Kutchi people.

The skills of artisans

The term 'bandhani' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'bandha' meaning 'to tie'. Bandhani work involves tying and dyeing pieces of cotton or silk cloth. Bandhani work was once practiced exclusively by the Khatri community of the Kutch. A meter of cloth can have millions of tiny knots known as 'bheendi' in the local language. Four bheendis are known as a 'kadi'. Traditionally the final products can be classified into Khombi, Ghar Chola, Patori and Chandrokhani. Many other places in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Bikaner, etc and in Gujarat are the well-known centers producing Dupattas, sarees, and turbans in Bandhani. These artisans are engaged in this trade for years and have thus become masters of the Bandhej Art.

How Bandhani Sarees are made?

The Bandhani technique essentially consists of:

  • First, the cloth either cotton or silk is folded into four or more layers. Many knots are tied within the cloth to form a pattern. The fineness of the tying process determines the pattern that will emerge after dying.
  • In the second stage, the tied cloth is soaked into a tub of color. The first color that is used is generally yellow or another light color. After this, the cloth is rinsed, squeezed and dried.
  • After the cloth is dyed, it is left for drying in the open air.  Drying can take some time depending upon the weather conditions. 
  • The cloth is then tied again to create patterns which when opened up will show yellow dots. The parts of cloth not meant to be dyed by the darkest colors are wrapped in plastic. The cloth is then washed and starched if required.
  • After the whole process is complete, Bandhani work results into a variety of symbols including dots, waves, stripes and squares.

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Bandhani comes in a variety of vibrant colors, patterns, and designs that can instantly brighten up the look of any woman. The primary colors used in Bandhani are yellow, red, green and black. In fact, all the colors used for traditional Bandhani work are dark. No light colors are ever used and the true Bandhani background is usually black or red. The fabric is generally dyed in darker colors such as green or red. However, today Bandhani is created on various colors of silk and cotton cloth and one can also procure printed fabrics in the Bandhani style.

Bandhani Sarees for every Occasion

Bandhani Sarees are very popular across women of all ages as it can be worn during weddings, formal occasions and parties. Due to their ancient technique of tie and dye, these sarees have extremely fine designs and tying patterns. Also, various brocade borders, embroideries, and embellishments are added to this fabric to give the saree a more impressive look.

  • Sarees with brocade or Banarasi border are known as Banarasi Bandhani sarees and are increasingly worn during festivals and other occasions.
  • Gaji Silk Bandhani Sarees gives a royal touch and is popularly adorned by women during weddings.
  • Gharchola Bandhani Sarees are traditional wedding sarees of Gujarat gifted to the bride from the groom's family.
  • Sarees with Laheriya patterns are ideal for day time ceremonies.
  • Bandhej Sarees in subtle colors and patterns can we worn by working women to make a perfect style statement.

How to take care of Bandhani Sarees?

Bandhani Sarees are often featured on light fabrics such as certain kinds of silks, chiffons, georgettes and even cotton.

  • To take care of your Bandhani sarees, dry-cleaning is the best option.
  • Another option is bucket wash with a light detergent.
  • The strength of Bandhani is lost if ironed with a high heat setting. So it is advisable to iron it with a low heat setting.
  • If there's a stain, immediately wash it with water to rinse away the spots.

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