Step 1


In Bandhni Art many fabrics can be used like cotton, silk, wool, nylon. Fabric  is to be spreaded on wooden table and a thin transparent sheet of plastic is placed, which has pin holes over the dyed area of the fabric. Artist uses ‘Gheru’ or Red oxide mixed with water to make the design patterns of dots. Then, the plastic is taken off the table.

Step 2


Now imprinted fabric is given to the Bandhni craft person. They use their fingers and thumb to tie knots. The decorative designs indicated by artists are sized and skillfully tied with thread.

Step 3


After the knots have been tied, the small portion of fabric is covered by water proof material as per the color selections. Covered fabric will resist the dyeing color.

Then fabric will be dipped into hot water. Color will be added in the water. Artists’ uses wooden stick or hand gloves to soak the fabric in hot water. The small area below the thread resists the dye, thereby, leaving an undyed dot. The entire process is usually executed in several stages, which starts from a light color and gradually moving to a darker one.

Step 4


Then the fabric is rinsed in plain water to remove the color impurities and again washed into the corn flour water to make the fabric soft.

Step 5

Drying and Opening of Knots

Fabric will be dried in sunlight. Dry fabric is ready to use but before that Artist stretched the fabric to remove knots. All the knots will get removed by stretching them and beautiful color dots of numerous patterns will be created.