Also known as bandhani, Piliya, and Chungidi, this is a form of tie-dye cloth where a figurative design is created by the usage of tiny bindings. The technique involves dyeing a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points, thus producing a variety of patterns like Leheriya, Chandrakala, Bavan Baug, Shikari etc. Although the artform is spread all through India these days, the areas where bandhej originates are Gujarat, Rajasthan, areas of Punjab and some parts of Tamil Nadu. These prints have been dated way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation and references in the paintings of the Ajanta caves. The main colours used in bandhani are yellow, red, green and blue. Traditional production used vegetable dyes, but the modern process relies heavily on artificial colours, which tend to be more permanent. It is a tedious manual process, and therefore, there is a huge variety and lesser replication available in these prints. In a metre of cloth, tens of thousands of tiny knots are present, also called “Bheendis”, which are arranged in manners to produce a variety of patterns.
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