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The Indian art of tie and dye dupatta

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The colourful bandhani dupattas can easily make any piece of clothing look bright & delightful. They are easy on the eye, colourful & have a style quotient of their own. Typically known as Bandhani or Bandhej all over the world this art of “tie & dye” is comes from the Kutch region of Gujarat in India. Bandhani refers to the art of dyeing clothes by “tie and dye” technique.

It is one of the oldest & most popular traditional arts in India. In this method, knots are used to form patterns on the fabric. Small or big knots are tied with thread all over the fabric either in clusters or at a particular distance.

the knotted fabric is then dyed using desired colours & later put to dry. The opening of knots witnesses beautiful & unique patterns formed on the fabric. Patterns of certain style have particular names like Leheriya, Hikari, Ekdali & Mothra. Innumerable colours can be used but red, yellow, green, purple, indigo, black & blue are most commonly used. Colours in bandhani craft have different meanings like the red signifies a bride while yellow signifies motherhood. The colours may be natural or synthetic dyes & the whole dyeing process requires a lot of skill.

The traditional art of bandhani has managed to make its place in the lives of the younger generations where it’s being accepted with delight. The traditional charm when combined with modern ideas has the capacity to look quite pleasing. Women love to dress in Bandhani style clothes because of its vibrant charm & aesthetic beauty.

Bandhani clothing has the ability of looking good on anybody & a plain looking salwar kameez, kurta or t-shirt can easily be spruced up with a bandhani printed dupatta or scarf. the dupatta can be used as a shoulder wrap or can be tied on the head for that modish appeal. Your style factor will certainly be enhanced.

Often Cotton material is used for making these bandhani dupattas that makes them ideal for summer use. Cover up your face & head and use it a mask against pollution, wind, sun, cold, dust etc. Use the dupatta as a sash or waist belt, as hair tie or wrap it around the neck, it works as a sassy accessory for both men & women.

It is versatile & unisex and can be used by people of all ages.

if you are looking for gift ideas then bandhani dupattas are a good option. These colourful, pretty & useful pieces come handy when it comes to gifting items that can be easily put to use. Bandhani clothes are a rage in India and the popularity of the product is spreading beyond Indian boundaries. People from abroad are finding it difficult to resist the colourful charm bandhani clothes harbour. Sarees, lehenga-cholis, t-shirts, scarves/dupattas etc in bandhani prints are gaining acclaim & people are willingly incorporating these colourful items in their clothes collection. The fused ethnic-contemporary look is quite attractive & perfect for making a distinct style statement. The beauty & applicability of the bandhani dupatta has put it into the list of must-have accessories.

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