It is quite easy to spot bandhani sarees. The typical tie and dye dots can hardly be missed. Mostly a creation of western India, bandhani sarees are very colorful. They come from Gujarat, the vibrant state that is now on the global map. These are ideal ethnic wear for women during the festivals of Raksha bandhan. Most brothers are prone to gift their sisters the bandhani saree for this sacred festival. There are special artisans who make them in various areas of Gujarat. Some of the areas where the artisans still operate include Jamnagar, Bhuj and Ahmedabad. Since the bandhani sarees are also made in Rajasthan, there are 5 categories. They are made by fusing different color schemes in contrast.
The Bandhani sarees are made in cotton or silk fabrics. When it is for the bride’s wedding dress then authentic gold is used. The entire design is called ‘Bandhej’ and it undergoes the tie and dye process. The checks are made of gold bands. To make them more attractive special motifs are used. It could be a beautiful ‘mor’, elephant, or ‘phool ka kam’. With the advent of new generations the tastes have changed. So one finds gold borders with kundan work or sequins. Naturally it adds to the glamour quotient of the attire. Worn with a beautiful choli it works wonders. By the way, it is also called Gharcola and has existed since Mauryan times. The typical bridal one is red and dotted with gold squares and interesting motifs.