Dharma Bandhani Scarf
The number four is a literal symbol for Santana Dharma or the ancient name for Hinduism, and this cotton scarf is exquisitely adorned with a four-line check pattern. Beautiful and delicate, it is handmade in India by Sidr Craft artists using the bandhani technique. The white scalloping embellishments along the edge give it a distinctive and unexpected flair.
The bandhani tradition is 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, revealing differing colors and patterns, and then hem the seams to complete a uniquely textured, silk scarf.
Dimensions: (due to textural variations caused by the bandhani process, measurements may vary) Measures approximately 153" x 33"
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.