When a bride’s pallu is tied to that of the groom’s dhoti during a Hindu wedding ceremony it is considered very auspicious. If signifies that the two souls have become one.

Somewhere in textiles too, tying the fabric into using several knots in different sizes and patterns on beautiful fabrics like silk, crepe, georgette, etc came the very famous bandhni. They come in bright and beautiful colours like Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Pink, etc. The most common patterns are the dots, stripes, waves and squares which are made by tying small treads in patterns and dipped in dyes to give different colours to the fabrics. A Bandhani, hence, very logically gains its name and ties the attention of all who follow its diverse prints and colors.


A woman can be spoilt for choice, when it comes to shopping for a Bandhani as it offers great variety in fabric and design. More over, it’s extremely traditional to wear and can never go out of fashion especially during at festive occasions and events. The word Bandhani is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘banda’ which means ‘to tie’. It is also commonly known as ‘Bhandej’ in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, bandhni, tie and dye, and Bandana.

History of Bandhani Sarees

A brief history into the making of Bandhani suggests, that to create a Bandhani piece is a highly skillful art as it requires the weaver to tie it up so differently so as to gain various shapes, popularly known as Mothra, Leheriya, Ekdali and Shikaari. Bandhani is dyed using natural colors, borrowed from flowers, berries, roots and leaves and also artificially in bright hues for its busy patterns to show. Bandhani work was introduced by the ‘khatri’ community in Kutch, Gujarat some 5000 years ago and since then, has been rampantly seen in northern and now nationwide markets.  The major market buyers although are seen in the regions of Gujarat, where women choose to wear a Bandhani for weddings and celebratory events.

Bandhani in the film Ram Leela

The Bandhani lehengas were out standingly displayed in the recent filmRam Leela’. Most of the film’s costumes had the local style with mirror work, gotapattis and various patterns were seen endorsed by the leading star cast. While Deepika Padukone’s stunning designer lehengas and choli’s were designed by the ace fashion Designer AnjuModi, who also won the National award as The Best Costume Designer’,Ranveer Singh’s turbans and dhoti’s also displayed the various bandhani designs.

A red bandhani is a preferred choice among the brides and bridesmaids for their ‘Big Day’. The wedding saree that is given to the bride by the grooms’ parents, which is called ‘ghar-chola’ is a deep red. This colour also signifies that the girl is now married and belongs to the groom’s family. Similarly a yellow signifies a lady has become a mother recently. Bandhani Turbans were often sported by design to distinguish different communities. Keep them in your closet for the beautiful festival of Navratri, one for each day and also in your wedding trousseau. We bet you will never have enough of Bandhanis as they are versatile and you will definitely look different every time you wear one. Bandhani is a must have traditional Indian clothing for the rooted and cultured woman of today.


Keep everyone busy as they stare into intricate Bandhani sarees.


Orange bandhani sarees looks stunning when worn at festive occasions.

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Shaded bandhani sarees look stunning when worn to wedding parties.


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Half and Half Bandhani sarees in vibrant colours are best suited for wedding receptions.

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Shaded bandhani sarees with borders and butta embroidery designs are good for family get-togethers and anniversary events.


Half and half Bandhani sarees with embroidery and pita work make good wears to parties and high-profile events. Wear these with kundan jewellery and make heads turn.

Zarine Khan in a traditional red and green half and half bandhani saree.

Highlight your multi shaded Bandhani with a velvet border and let the patterns stand out!

Half and half Bandhani Sari with abrocade fabric and a broad dull border and rich gottapatti border.

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Traditional colours are what bandhani sarees are famous for.

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Half and half Bandhani Sarees with stunning Gotta Pattis look beautiful.

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Half and half Bandhani Sarees with embroidered booties are a preferred choice to casual events.

Designer Bandhani on the Runway


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