|Tie and Dye
Tie and Dye is one of the traditional Printing styles in India. It is believed that Indian Bandhani, one traditional form of tie-dyeing, began some 5000 years ago. Bandhani is also known as Bandhni and Bandhej. Its technique involves tying of small dots with thread all over fabric to create designs and motifs. After tying, the fabric is dyed. Then the ties are removed and a spectacular pattern becomes visible on the fabric.
This is a specialty of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. Mandvi in the Kutch, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer, Pali, Udaipur and Nathdwara produces finest quality of Bandhani artwork.
Today Bandhni sarees, dupattas and even bed sheets are available at most of the outlets all over India. Commonly used colors for Bandhani are red, saffron and yellow. All these colors are associated with auspicious events like marriage or with saints.
Leheria pattern is also a very famous Tie and Dye work. Leheria means waves. People of Rajasthan wear Leheria turbans. Each design has a special significance.
Ambadal is a network of branches and leaves interwoven with a variety of birds representing the boughs of a mango tree. Chokidal is a pattern of squares with animals especially elephants. The basant bahar represents the spring season and portrays floral patterns and a peacock pattern.
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