Indian artisan Aziz Khatri, inspired by images of festivals, has captured this image in a silk scarf using the resist-dye technique of bandhani.
The bandhani maker uses bharti in the field filling between the festival pattern. Bharti is the most skilled type of bandhani because the tyer does not work on a stenciled pattern but uses their own judgment on where the pattern is to fill. Each dot is wound with a continuous thread forming a knot–the knots protecting the fabric from being dyed. Once the scarf is dyed and dried, the knotting is removed by pulling on both ends of the cloth.
Abdul Aziz Khatri learned the art of bandhani from his family, the traditional patterns from his mother and grandmother, and dyeing techniques from his father. In 2005, Aziz expanded his proficiency by studying at Kala Raksha Vidhylaya, a design school in Kutch, India. Learn more about Aziz and resist-dyeing techniques.