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Bandhani Wool & Silk Shawl - Naturally Dyed - Berry


This beautiful shawl has been hand tied using the "bandhani" technique as well as  clamped resisted, also known as "itajime". After the textile has been bound and resisted, it is then dyed by hand with natural dyes. There are two incredibly crafted panels of cloth hand sewn together with a joining stitch at the centre.

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. 

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

Fiber: Handwoven Merino Wool & Eri Silk.

Process: Hand tied, clamped and naturally dyed in Kachchh, India by master artisans. 

Size is approx: 34" x 73" (87cm x 186cm)

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

Care Instructions: Dry clean only. Washing will remove sculpture in cloth. If shawl gets fully wet it releases its sculptural texture. However it does not lose its integrity. It remains equally as beautiful, simply taking on a slightly different aesthetic.

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