This fine silk scarf is “itajime”, a Japanese word meaning a clamped, bound resist. This resist-dye technique is a bound-resist pattern created by clamping the fabric between wooden blocks and dip dyeing parts of it. Aziz, a master of resist-dyeing techniques has created these complex patterns by clamping the cloth and dyeing it in another dye bath with each stage.
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. He continues to explore other resist-dyeing techniques, such as clamping and stitching.