Bandhani Tie Dye

Bandhani Tie Dye

Bandhani Tie Dye creates a vibrant spectrum of colors and unique design patterns to not only enhance the beauty of the antique Kantha Quilts but also provides a new and unique identity to the fabric. Come discover the rich history and skill that goes into making Bandhani Tie Dye Kantha Quilt Jackets. 

What is Bandhani Tie Dye?

Let's start at the beginning, shall we? Bandhani, also known as Bandhej, is a tie-dye technique that involves creating intricate patterns by tying small points on the fabric with thread. The tied areas resist the dye, creating beautiful designs when the fabric is dyed. This art form originated in the western Indian state of Gujarat and has been practiced for centuries.

How is Bandhani Tie Dye Made?

To create Bandhani tie dye the fabric first is washed to remove any impurities. Then, the design is marked on the fabric using a pencil or chalk. The artisan carefully ties small points on the fabric with thread, creating intricate patterns.

Once the tying is complete, the fabric is ready for dyeing. Natural dyes are commonly used in Bandhani tie dye, the colors used have special cultural significance. Red is the symbol of marriage, saffron is the color of divinity, yellow stands for the spring and new beginnings while black represents mourning. The tied fabric is immersed in the dye bath, and the tied areas resist the dye, creating a beautiful contrast between the dyed and undyed areas.

What Makes Bandhani Tie Dye Unique?

What sets Bandhani tie dye apart from other tie-dye techniques is the intricate patterns that can be created. The small tied points allow for precise and detailed designs, making each piece truly unique. The vibrant colors and the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas add to the beauty of the finished product.

Bandhani tie dye is not only visually stunning but also holds cultural significance. It is often worn during special occasions and festivals in India, symbolizing joy and celebration. 

Bandhani Tie Dye is also sustainable and eco-friendly. Our artisans extend the life of the antique quilts by dying over imperfections to give the quilt new life. They only use natural dyes made from plants and minerals and their traditional techniques ensure minimal waste and a smaller carbon footprint. 

How does Namai incorporate Bandhani?

After the fabric is tie-dyed, it is quilted using the Kantha stitching technique. Kantha stitching is a type of embroidery that is done by hand, using a running stitch to create a textured and quilted effect. This stitching not only adds warmth to the jacket but also enhances its visual appeal.


Bandana Tie Dye Kantha Quilted Jackets are some of the most visually interesting and beautiful pieces that come through the studio. They take our preconceived ideas of Tie Dye and elevate them into wearable pieces of art. 



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