To create bandhani work’s signature pattering, artisans in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India hand-tie and dye thousands of knots across cotton or silk fabric. Once the knots are untied, the fabric reveals intricate designs that look elegant from afar and even more stunning up-close. What makes a bandhani saree so special is that it reflects hours of careful handiwork without the weight of sequins or applique work. With its unique, earthy appeal, the bandhani technique is perfect for the romantic style maven who knows how to make a statement without needed to rely on extreme bling.
The Indian luxury equivalent of tie-dying, bandhani is a timeless technique that works well for day or night, depending on how you accessorize. Whether dotted or striped, the handcrafted pattern on your bandhani saree will definitely set you apart at every occasion.
For a retro look that quietly steals the show, try pairing Luxemi’s red and orange Modern Striped Bandhani Saree ($258 to buy) and Kundan Bracelets With Pink Stones ($78 to buy). (Side note: tangerine tango is the color of 2012 according to Pantone, so this saree is going to be the star of 2012 — we promise).