There is nothing better than a Bandhani saree, also called bandhej saree, if you want to look ethnically traditional during the festival season. Originating in the western part of India, specifically in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Bandhani saree involves intricate craftsmanship.
The process is what gives it the name
Bandhani saree is called so because of the process involved in making this traditional piece of craft. The fabric is tied at several points, and hence, the term Bandhani, which literally translates to “tied.” The way the fabric is tied, leads to different patterns in Bandhani saree, some of the most common being Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali and Shikari.
The history of it
Bandhani saree is considered as one of the oldest forms of tie and dye sarees. The craftsmanship involved in the making of it can be traced back to several centuries, when these sarees were worn by women of the royal family. It was also traditionally believed that Bandhani saree in a vibrant hue is supposed to bring good luck. The walls of Ajanta and Ellora caves stand testimony to the existence of this craft eons ago.
In modern times, the craft of making Bandhani saree is believed to have originated in the city of Jamnagar in Gujarat, the city itself being more than 4 centuries old. The skills have thus been passed down generations, and it has lately seen a revival of sorts with the focus back on traditional Indian arts and crafts.
The fabric, colors and styles
A bandhani saree is traditionally made out of muslin or silk. The richness of silk is what gives the saree the festive fervor. However, with changing tastes, Bandhej sarees are now made in georgette and chiffon as well for that contemporary look.
In terms of colors, “riot of colors” is what best describes Bandhej sarees the best. They are best when made in vibrant hues such as orange, yellow and other similar colors.
And the best is on display during the festive season
If you want to have a look at some of the best Bandhani saree styles, the best time would be the Indian festive season, especially around the time of Navaratris.