There is a magical quality about Bandhini: vibrant colours, arresting combinations, dramatic swirls and twirls…
This summer you can feast your eyes on a bewitching array of Bandhini and Lehariya at Shilpi boutique, Chennai. Sheer georgettes and chiffons, soft flowing crepes and silk, crisp tussars and cotton have all been transformed into a colour carousel with the timeless technique and appeal of Bandhini and Lehariya. Exquisite sarees and colourful coordinated yardage rub shoulders with churidar kurtas, while stand alone tunics, kurtas, and dupattas offer infinite options.
Bandhini is the Rajasthani art of tying small dots on fabric with a continuous thread and dyeing it. The result is a vibrant and irregular mix of vermillion and saffron, emerald and sapphire or aqua and yellow. Interestingly, the art of tying involves the use of a long finger nail, which is used to pick that portion of the fabric which has to be tied. Lehariya (waves) is distinguished by the natural, rippled effect in mesmerizing colours, using a colour resist dyeing technique. The wavy, diagonal stripes created through this technique look bewitching in brilliant colour combinations.
Some of the sarees on display at Shilpi boast of embellishment. Whilst some come with embroidered borders sprinkled with glistening mirror work, others come with appliqué and patchwork borders or designs created with Bandhini and Lehariya. The kurtas come with dramatic yokes whilst some dupattas come with borders or tassels. The overall effect is very contemporary, even though the technique used may be traditionally old.
29 C.P. Ramaswamy Road
# 1, GeeGee Minar
Date: 7th May – 25th May 2010
Timing: 10am – 7.30pm