The design is drawn on the tracing paper and then punched- marking.
The fugitive ink is used only for tracing the designs and it is washable.
Cloth is used as stamping pad.
Pouring fugitive ink.
Rubbing fugitive ink on the tracing sheet using a brush.
The fabric is then sent for tying, which is usually done by the women folk in their spare time.
The tying is done using a metal nail (Nau), which acts as a false nail, a Glass Tube (Bhungari) and thread.
Once the tying is done the fabric is washed in hot water to remove the fugitive ink and dried.
Before dying the fabric is soaked in Alum. Alum works as a mordant and helps in the colour absorption.
Semi finished Bandhani.
Beautifully designed fabric.
Elegance of fabric.
Bandhani also known as “Bandhej” is a Tie & Dye craft. The term Bandhani refers to the technique of crafting patterned textiles by revisiting parts of a fabric by tying knots on it before it is dyed. This craft is believed to have travelled from Sindh to Gujarat via Rajasthan and further on to Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Kutch bandhani is renowned for its extremely fine dots and sophisticated sense of composition. Bandhani is worn for both everyday and ceremonial clothing. The social, economic and cultural connotations are determined by the base fabric Gazzi silk, fine cotton muslin or wool. This craft is done at Kutch, Jaamnagar and some parts of Rajasthan. Earlier tying was done by the women of the house while pattern making and dying is done by men.
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