Rajasthan is a land of vibrant colors, rich customs, traditions and rituals that is very much evident from its dressing, food and surrounding Rajput architecture. From this very land, comes one special clothing that is quite famous across India, and women prefer wearing this outfit for joyous occasions like festivals and weddings. Yes, you’ve guessed it absolutely right! I’m talking about the ever popular Bandhani saree from Rajasthan that is purely handmade by natural dye colors. It involves special skill-sets in making this traditional Indian sari which is done by some select group of artisans who perform the special art of ‘Tie & Dye’ which is an exceptional skill-set, passed on from one generation to the other. In the making of an Indian Bandhani sari, you first need to wash the fabric (Chiffon, Georgette or Cotton) and then tie it in special knots which can only be done by a highly skilled and experienced artisan. The next step is the making of natural dye colors in large earthen or metal tubs, where these tied or knotted clothes are dipped by hanging them in horizontal bamboo shafts. After keeping the tied fabric submerged in the earthen pots for few hours, they are taken out and then dried naturally, under the sun. Upon untying the knots, you get to see some magical prints that definitely creates a Wow appeal.
Tie & Dye Technique
A Bandhani saree is characterized by this special dyeing technique, which is a very ancient fabric coloring method, or you may call it an art-form, that dates back to the Rajput Era. This special technique has not changed a bit, and still today, artisans employ the same ‘tying & dyeing’ method in the making of a typical Rajasthani Bandhani saree. It is a splash of colors and prints on one such traditional Indian sari that is perfect for festivals like Holi, Teej, Karwa Chauth, Navratri and Diwali. You simply cannot afford to miss upon a unique Bandhani sari, if you are a first-time tourist to Rajasthan. The colors are 100% natural, and thus stays in your clothes forever, even after repeated use and wash (dry & wet). The complex knots made before dyeing the fabric, ensures that the colors are spread evenly, and with the creation of beautiful prints, as per the style of knots made. It depends upon the type and density of knots made, before dyeing the fabric in natural colors. It is mostly the married and elderly women that adorn this special handmade saree which is a masterpiece creation. This is one classic example of Rajasthani clothing or attire.