The term ‘Bandhej’ or 'Bandhani' is derived from the word 'Bandhan' that means tying up. An ancient art practiced mainly in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the history of Bandhej Sarees backdates to pre-historic times. The women folk who are generally known to carry out the task of creating traditional bandhej sarees from one generation to another are involved in the art form that includes tying a cloth with millions of tiny knots and then immersing the cloth in various colors to dye it in such a way that when the cloth is dried and the knots are removed, the undyed portion of the cloth forms many interesting designs and patterns. A colorful tradition, Rajasthani Bandhej sarees are the very identity of the exuberant culture of Rajasthan. The Bandhej sarees collection at Shatika includes latest bandhej sarees that comprise of bandhej silk sarees and crepe chiffons. These bandhej sarees online are exclusive bandhej sarees from Rajasthan especially picked from the remotest weaving centres of the state to give you the taste of its vibrant culture.
They say the first Bandhej Saree was worn at the time of Bana Bhatt`s Harshacharita in a royal marriage so it could bring good luck to the bride. A craft so ancient that Ajanta walls stand as evidences of this wonder art of tie and dye! Its charm so mesmerizing even Alexander the Great was not spared! Started by Khatri community of Gujarat some 5000years ago, the art of Bandhani work was carried forward by the Rangrez community in Rajasthan in the form of Bandhej. A highly skilled process, the tie and dye technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points, thus producing a variety of patterns like Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali and Shikari depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied. The final output is known with various names like Khombi, Ghar Chola, Patori and Chandrokhani. In the early days while dyes were extracted from natural fibers like blackberries, lichen, safflower, marigold, onion, red cabbage, sage, and indigo, in recent times synthetic dyes are being developed that are permanent, quick-setting, safe and easy to use. Places in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Sikar, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer are the well-known centres for producing odhnis, Bandhej sarees and turbans. Vibrant and colorful, the art of Bandhej infuses life in the desert state of Rajasthan.
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Shatika: Unveil the Beauty of Indian Heritage through Indian Handloom Sarees
Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.