Celestial Bodies Bandhani Shawl
When you wear this bandhani shawl handmade from habotai silk in India by the artists of Sidr Craft, you will feel other worldly, as if you exist in a place surrounded by color, light and heavenly bodies. Its delicateness adds to the sultry flow of this scarf making it a great accent for any outfit.
The artists of Sidr Craft are masters of the bandhani tradition, a method of tying and dyeing fabric practiced in the Kutch region of India by the Khatri community. As this tradition flourishes, the Khatri name has become synonymous with “one who dyes fabric.” The process begins with an artist hand drawing a design on a stencil and perforating it with holes to create the scarf’s pattern. The stencil is then transferred to silk fabric using an indigo solution. Using this guide, artists pinch and tightly tie the fabric with thread, creating a design with intricate knots. Next, the artists dye the fabric, sometimes in multiple immersions, using varying colors. To finish the piece, they remove the threads, which reveals differing colors and patterns. Then they hem the seams to complete a uniquely textured, silk scarf.
Measures approximately 42" x 78" (due to textural variations caused by the bandhani process, size may vary slightly).
Care: Dry clean only. Do not iron. If the fabric is washed or ironed, the unique, three-dimensional quality of the scarf will be lost, though the beautiful design and color will remain.