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Bandhani Silk Shawl - Celestial


The name “Bandhani” derives from the Sanskrit term meaning “to tie.” Tied resist is a traditional technique that has been practiced in India for centuries.

Each dot is the result of creating a tiny peak in the cloth and then tightly wrapping thread around the peak to resist the dye. Artisans work with precision as they slowly pattern the entire cloth - a lengthy process with an exquisite outcome. In Japan, this type of shaped resist is known as shibori. In the West small tie-and-dye pieces were widely traded and became known as “bandanas” - after the term bandhani. 

To achieve multiple colours with this process requires skill and patience as each new colour needs either a new tie or a separate dip in the dyebath. The result of applying bandhani on silk is a sculptural textile with a unique life of its own.

Maiwa works directly with bandhani artisans from Rajasthan and the Kutch Desert of Gujarat, Western India. 

Fiber: 100% Silk

Process: Hand tied and dyed in Kutch, India by master artisans. 

Size is approx: 196cm (77") x 39cm (15")

Care Instructions: Care depends on individual preference. If you wish to retain the sculptured nature it is absolutely necessary to dry clean only and do not press. If the texture is not essential hand wash in cool water with a mild neutral liquid soap. Roll in a towel to remove excess moisture and hang to dry.

Note: the bandhani process creates a sculptural textile with a natural elasticity; sizing is very approximate.

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