Bandhani: The Symbolic Prints of the Exotic Indian saris

Indian dyes have been a popular export to the world since 400 BC. Bandhani is an exquisite derivative of that trend. The bandhani print is a special dye set designing indigenous to the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Bandhani in Sanskrit means “To knot around’. The oldest account of the Indian saris made using bandhani style dates back to more than 5000 years. The other names for the bandhani print are Bandhej, Tie dye and Knot Print.

bandhani sari

Who make them?
Bandhani is dne by high-skilled personnel. The art of tie dying is a family heritage that has shrunk considerably over the last few decades owing to the manufacturing using power looms. The highly sophisticated process is done by dying the fabric at different places once it is tied to the pole at several points. The Khatri community of the Kutch and Thar excel in the bandhej form. The Indian saris made by the Kutch tribes use natural colors and often feature only dark shades. Light bandhani is very hard to achieve in normal conditions for two reasons

–    They darker shades drip onto the lighter shades.
–    The dye color is hard to manufacture naturally.

bandhani sarees

What are the different patterns achieved using Bandhani?
There are many patterns made by the Bandhani workers exclusively for the Indian saris. They use wooden blocks or threads to achieve the look. Popular patterns from the catalogue of Bandhani styled Indian saris are:

–    Leheriya
–    Mothra
–    Ekdali
–    Shikari

The pattern consists of geometric figures like dots, squares, waves, stripes and squares. The Bheendi print is a fashion symbol from the looms of the Kutchi workers. It resembles the print of a dissected lady’s finger. The cluster of four Bheendi patterns is called as ‘Kadi’. An Indian sari can have over hundred kadis in one single piece.

bandhani saree

How is Bandhani sari classified?
Finished bandhani fabric is classified as:

–    Khombhi
–    Ghar Chola
–    Patori
–    Chadrokhani
–    Mandvi

Significance of wearing Bandhani sari
In Rajsthan and Gujarat, Bandhani sari has a remarkable high cultural significance. A red bandhani with yellow strips signify that the woman is pregnant or has recently delivered a baby. The print is aesthetic to the eyes and connected to eternal fertility. During the wedding seasons, the families of the bride and groom exchange bandhani saris to welcome each other. In most Indian families, the Bandhani sari is given to a girl as a gift from the in-laws. The first night of the wedding spent over a lavishly spread bed sheet featuring bandhani print is considered auspicious for the couple and their new life.

bandhani saris

Export Quality
As the Indian government has begun to participate in the rehabilitation of the Bandhani print workers, the finished materials are getting popular in International market too. The bandhani print Indian saris and bed sheets are exported to countries like Eengland, Germany, Austria, USA, Spain, Russia and Canada. The South-East and Middle-West Adian countries are also a big market for the newly replenished Bandhani print fabrics and finished materials.

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TOP 4 KINDS OF SAREE THAT IS MUST IN EVERY WOMEN’S WARDROBE

Indian women are known to love to wear sari. This love affair is famous far and near and the attire is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is believed that wearing a sari enhances the beauty of an individual and makes a person even more attractive than before.  This attire is not only sensuous but also glamorous. The best part being that this attire is never out of fashion and also in vogue. Let us take a look at top 4 kinds of saree that is must in every women’s wardrobe.

1 Banarasi wonders of India:
India is known for its wide range of Banarasi sari. This sari as the name suggests is woven at the holy land of Varanasi and is symbolic of the heavy thread work. Now, do not think that the thread work is like any other usual stuff. In fact, these threads are made with gold and silver and are famous for their heavy work. All the embroidery on the sari are made with pure gold and silver thread which enhances the beauty of the sari and makes it unique in its own kind. In fact, this sari is a must have for all sari lovers.

Banarasi saree

2 Silk Sarees of India:
Indian silk is famous all over the world. It is one of the most attractive wonders of India. The similar kind of woven silk sari are referred in various parts of India by various names , like in Eastern parts of India this is known as Paat, in the South region it is called Pattu  and in rest of India as Resham. These woven silk wonders are known for being of vibrant colors and exquisite embroidery. Various parts of India are known for its kind of silk saree like Mysore Silk , Bhagalpur Silk, Murshidabad silk , Kanchipuram Silk , Assam Silk and so on. Also, you find these woven wonders in printed embroidered, dyed and raw forms.

silk saree

3 Chanderi Saree:
This is a famous sari in India and loved by the women across the world for its low maintenance. These 9 yards are made by mixing silk and cotton blending it in a perfect manner that makes the sari both unique and beautiful. These are loved by women and opted as daily wear as it is light and easy to wear. The sari is known to hail from a town called Chanderi that is located in the Ashok Nagar district in Madhya Pradesh. Chanderi is a blended sari and is also found in its pure forms like chanderi silk and chanderi cotton.

chanderi saree

4 Tant Saree from Bengal:
This cotton or handloom sari is famous from West Bengal region. These sarees are available in various color schemes, patterns and styles. These 9 yards are famous for being low maintenance, transparent, light and comfortable. It is affordable and also easy to wear. Also, being a versatile saree that is available in various colors and options it can be worn as both formal as well as party wear.

silk saree

These are a few of the famous sari that all sari lovers must have in their wardrobe as prized procession.

5 Essential Bridal Trousseau & Accessories Shopping Tips for Indian Bride

The girls have special dreams when it comes to wedding. Along with taking out time for various wedding related ceremonies they need to take out time for organizing the trousseau.  Wedding is a new beginning for them. It brings new relationships and responsibilities. It is important to have your suitcase ready before you move into your new house. It should contain all the necessary clothes and accessories that you need for the first four months of the wedding.


Organizing your bridal trousseau is not easy, here we are going to reveal easy tips for would-be-brides for trousseau shopping.

1 Make list:
First, make a list of all the items that you will need in the first four months of wedding. It should include cosmetic products, footwear, makeup items, lingerie, toiletries and apparels.  As the wedding day approaches the bride gets busy with the preparation. In the last 20 days your schedule is going to be fully packed. You need to regular visit to beauty parlor; hit the health club, take out time for dance practice to give electrifying performance. Of course, there is going to everyday Gana Bajna in the home, which will go till late hours. Hence, make it a point to shop for the trousseau at least 45 days before the big day.  Also, it will give you enough time to get Falls attached to saree; get the blouse stitched as per your need.


2. Set your budget:
It is good move to keep aside budget for shopping trousseau. It will ensure that you don’t go overboard with the budget. Be flexible with your shopping list, don’t mind spending more on essential stuff while reducing the less important ones.  It will help you strike a balance.


3. Decide on the Apparels:
Generally, saree is the attire that most women wear after wedding. Make sure to have different kinds of sarees in your wardrobe. Another, attire you will need is Salwar Suit. Of course, you can include in your trousseau jeans, tees, Tunics and long skirts, they are perfect for honeymoon.  The talk about honeymoon is     going to be incomplete without lingerie. To spice up your honeymoon get yourself varieties of lingerie in attractive shapes and colors.


4. Decide on the jewellery:
Spend on jewelry intelligently. You might have already brought wedding jewelry. The wedding jewelry is bought taking into consideration various ceremonies like Sangeet, Engagement and Wedding. You can mix & match jewelry when you are going out. The other option is to go for artificial jewelry. Glass bangles come up as a wonderful option. You can easily get bangle that matches with the color of your saree. It is a considered as an auspicious symbol of marriage.


5 Shopping for accessories:
Handbags and clutches are the two essential items that you will need all the time. Go for ones that can be easily paired with most of your apparels. Most of the ladies change bags on regular basis, so don’t go for expensive ones. You can easily get attractive bags at affordable price from online stores.

Top 5 Getting Ready Tips for Indian Bride

The most awaited moment in a wedding is the entry of the bride. The moment she enters the venue everyone is seen turning to have the first glimpse of the bride. Of course, the wait of the groom is most precious. The groom might have seen his would-be-bride many times but seeing her dressed in wedding trousseau is special feeling. It is a moment that both of them are going to cherish throughout life. Hence, it is very important for the bride to look absolutely stunning on the big day. Looking striking on wedding day is not easy as it sounds, as bride has lot of things in her hand to be taken care off – starting from selection of bridal saree to choice of matching accessory; from beauty session with beautician to hitting health club, the list just seems to be endless.

indian bridal lehenga

Here we are going to reveal five essential tips that will ensure that your d-day goes smoothly as you always dreamed.

1 Strictly avoid last minute Trials:
Complete the bridal shopping at least two months before the d-date. It will give you enough time to get your wedding blouse stitched or adjust the wedding trousseau according to your measurements. Bride requires a different set of attires for different ceremonies. Trying out the attire at the last minute means you will hardly have anytime left for getting it altered. To keep yourself away from the stress keep trials sessions at least 30 to 45 days before the ceremonies.  It will ensure that you have perfect fitting attire for every wedding related ceremony.

manish malhotra lehenga

2 Comfortable innerwear:
The right choice of innerwear is very important. The bride needs to wear heavy bridal trousseau, so it is very important that she wears comfortable lingerie. Avoid trying out anything fancy as it may cause discomfort. Also, make it a point to keep extra pair of lingerie. You can handover it too, one of your close friends, it is going to be quite helpful in case of emergency.

3 No experiments with makeup:
Every eyes on the wedding day is on the beautiful face of the bride. The makeup enhances her beauty, making her look like a princesses. Make-up plays a pivotal role in creating that stunning look. When it comes to make-up products stick to your old trusted brand. Trying out new products can be risky as it may lead to skin rashes and allergy. Make it a point to tell your beautician about the product you are using, or you can give her your makeup kit.

bride makeup

4 Head to toe care:
Wedding photographer and videographer are not only going to focus on your beautiful face, but they are going to catch in frames from head to toe. The Maang Tika to footwear you are wearing will be captured in frames. Make sure that you are looking perfect from top to bottom.

bride maang tika

5 Learn saree draping:
Most of you would like Hey are serious – do I need to learn saree draping. Well, the answer is yes. The nine yard attire looks lovely on Indian ladies. Ask a painter to draw a picture of Indian women, believe us he will draw a picture of women draped in saree. Take help of your mother to learn the art of saree draping. It will help in post wedding festivities.

saree draping styles