In the love for traditional textiles and Indian prints, no Indian story would be complete without talking about the Bandhani. An intricate technique seen much in the western and northern part of the Indian subcontinent, the patterns and options of the craft have unending creative results in the way they are manifested on textiles!
Some wikipedia trivia…
“Bandhani (Hindi: बांधानी) is a type of tie-dye textile decorated by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design. The term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit verbal root bandh (“to bind, to tie”). Today most Bandhini making centers are situated in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sindh, Punjab region and in Tamil Nadu where it’s known as Sungudi. Earliest evidence of Bandhani dates back to Indus Valley Civilization where dyeing was done as early as 4000 B.C. The earliest example of the most pervasive type of Bandhani dots can be seen in the 6th century paintings depicting the life of Buddha found on the wall of Cave 1 at Ajanta. Bandhani is also known as Bandhej, Bandhni, Piliya, and Chungidi in Tamil and regional dialects.”
Images of typical popular patterns of the Bandhani shown here
In promoting the arts of the region and craft is the organisation Living-Lightly which does a lot of work with local craftsmen and curating shows with many of their textiles and products. In one of their trademark shows in the IGNCA in Delhi earlier in 2017 is where I purchased this beautiful drape. Worn here in the solid blue ensemble against the magical stone fortress of the Neemrana Tijara walls, the breeze and architecture do all the conversations needed to highlight the garment.
Images clicked on the Samsung C9 Pr0
Trial Images during the shoot on the Rooftop Gazebo !!
The beauty of the rock faced walls, architecture of the fort only celebrates the look of the traditional garments. The deep blue against the browns of the rock and the filtered light within the archways and in the many locations provides a natural magic! In many of the more detailed images one can see the extent of the great craftsmanship of the way the patterns have been created. The thread edged border and the play of the florals, dots and concentric circles within the layout of the overall design, is actually a rather contemporary version of how their patterns are laid. The half petal flowers are truly a new touch that i normally have not seen in the more usual applications. The great thing about many of the designers today, is the very nature of re interpretation of the crafts that keeps the old but celebrate it in many news ways.
THE BEAUTY of INDIAN TEXTILES…..shall be an eternal love affair!!
Fly away folks!