EVERY ITEM IN THE T+B SHOP TELLS A STORY ABOUT ITS CREATOR AND THE TRADITIONS OF THEIR OWN CULTURES AND COMMUNITIES. THE TRADITION OF TEXTILE PRODUCTION IS PARAMOUNT IN INDIAN LIFE AND HAS PLAYED A LARGE ROLE IN SHAPING THE CULTURE'S ECONOMY, ARTS, AND IDENTITY.
OUR BANDHANI TIE-DYED SILK SCARVES REPRESENT ONE TRADITION OF TEXTILE DESIGN THAT HAS BEEN PRACTICED IN THE NORTHERN STATES FOR CENTURIES. THE DYES USED ARE ALL-NATURAL AND MIXED BY HAND, THE INDIGO IS PARTICULARLY RICH AND SYMBOLIC OF INDIA'S WEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT.
GUJARAT + RAJASTHAN
The "Bandhani" method of tie and dye resist dying came from western India in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This wealthy, princely region is famous for cultivating indigo and cotton, "...the rivers themseles are legendary for their chemical properties, which were said to impart a special brightness to the colours obtained through the dyeing and mordanting process."
BANDHANI / TIE + DYE
This method of textile decoration is a form of 'resist dyeing'. The desired design is created by tying thread, yarn, or rubber bands around small bits of fabric to separate these areas from the dye. In our BANDHANI INDIGO SHAWL, for example, each area of white dotted pattern was hand-tied with thread to protect its original color from indigo dye.