The Beauty of Bandhani Sarees
A Saree is 6 yards of elegance and grace. While every occasion has an outfit suitable for it, if you are in India a Saree is a suitable outfit for almost every occasion. A saree suits every woman who wears it well irrespective of her age, complexion, features and stature. You can hardly go wrong with this innovative 6 yards of cloth.
I have always loved sarees, from the time I draped my mothers dupatta around me and pretending it was a saree. However I wasn’t confident about wearing one when I grew up, in fact I was terrified about the saree I am wearing unravelling, till I learnt to drape it right.
I have recently started wearing Sarees a lot more frequently than I used to earlier. Though I am learning more about and falling in love with a different range of sarees, from Handlooms to the Kanjeevarams, the one saree my heart truly beats for is the Bandhani Saree.
Blame it on my genes! My mother is a Rajashtani and that is my excuse for my special affinity towards Bandhani Sarees.
Bandhani is a tie and dye process. Cloth is plucked at by fingernails or a sharp needle and is tied into thousands of tiny bindings that run along the length of the cloth. This tied up cloth is then dyed. The cloth is dried, the bindings are opened and a beautiful pattern shows up. Bandhani is derived from the word ‘bandh’ or to bind / tie. ‘Bandhej’ is another name for Bandhani.
Various forms of Bandhani are found all over India. The tying techniques differ, creating various patterns and names typical to each region. I was surprised to find Bandhani in Tamil Nadu where it is known as Madurai Sungudi or Chungidi.
In the traditional Bandhani, the colours used are usually on the bright side, like red, blue, yellow, green and pink.
In Rajashtan, Bandhani and Lehariya are worn on special and festive occasions and are a must during weddings. Festivals like Gangaur and Teej see the beige landscape of the region blooming with women adorning the festive colours of the Bandhni Saree.
The Gharchola is wedding attire for the bride in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and is another form of Bandhani. Usually in colours like Red, Maroon and sometimes Green, with a grid pattern in gold.
I am being polite when I say that I go absolutely beserk every time I see Bandhani Sarees. Georgette and Crepe Bandhani Sarees were my practise sarees and I honed my saree draping skills all thanks to them. Apart from the print and colours, what I love most about my Bandhani Sarees is that they drape like a dream. As I usually choose to wear them for festive occasions, I like it that they stay put as I go about doing various chores through the day. Bandhani Sarees also make me look taller, slimmer and add that touch of elegance.
Bandhani Sarees look festive just by themselves. Add a border, accessorize it with the right jewellery and it is sure to make you stand out in a crowd. Click here for more Bandhani Sarees.