Materials：Cotton 100％、 Plant dyes
Bandhani traditional Indian tie-dye technique from Gujarat, India.
Gujarat, India has been a region where various traditional handicrafts have stayed alive and thriving. Their traditional tie-dye technique is called “bandhani” (Hindi: बांधानी). The root word, bandh means “to bind, to tie”.
Bandhani has been found in ancient ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization dating back as early as 4000 B.C. Even today, sari have been designed using bandhani dots and continues to be loved by Indian women. You may recognize women wearing bandhani garments on their bridal gowns and summer outfits.
* Draft the pattern on stencil paper then punch holes with needles. Brush on fugitive dye to imprint the design on the fabric.
* Tie the pattern with thread to form the resist. Many tiny bindings are tediously tied by hand to make the final resist design. This delicate manual work requires patience! This process is mainly created by women.
* Once the wrapping is complete, the bandhani tied fabric goes into the dye bath. The person who dyes the fabric (often a male) squishes the dye into the fabric to penetrate the dye in the crevices.
* After dyeing, dry the fabric in the sun.
* Carefully remove the thread from the dried, dyed cloth. And revel in the beautiful binding resist design.
This is Yogin Chauhan, an independent Indian designer living in the Kutch region. He’s 34 years old. He’s born into a generational family of tailors so he’s very familiar with making clothes since childhood.
After studying fashion art and clothing design at graduate school, he launched his own original brand, Advaita. He opened his own boutique “Heritage The Craft Shop” in the village of Bhuj. He specializes in sophisticated ethnic lines inspired by the handcrafts of the local Kutch region. He doesn’t mass-produce his items, but hires tailors such as his father and uncle, and village women in his workshop, and continues to stick to tailor-made items.
He is also active as a costume designer for Indian films. His masterpiece is “Ramleera”.
This NATSUMI-YA collection uses a selection of block-printed fabrics that NATSUMI-YA herself spent two seasons visiting around the workshops in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Unique and beautiful hand-crafted prints that you can’t find in other brands. It’s sure to be a popular garment from your wardrobe!
※ Requires Special Care ※
● Please note that prints may have deviation, distortion, and color transfer.
● This thin cotton fabric requires delicate wash or hand-wash
● First 3-4 times being washed should be separated from whites.
● If using a washing machine, put the skirt in a laundry net to protect the delicate fabric.
● Do NOT use a dryer machine, dry clean, or bleach.
● Since plant dye is vulnerable to sunlight, we recommend drying in the shade.