Trousseau To Dye For

Started in 1992, the Khatri Brothers started SIDR craft as an attempt to revive and bring radical makeover in Bandhani craft technique. Having received the UNESCO recognition in 2006-07, the organisation currently employs over 300 women artisans as a part of the in-studio dyeing team.

Taking up the family tradition of bandhani, a centuries-old technique of micro tie dye that produces exquisite pattern, design and texture on fabric Abduljabbar Khatri founded SIDRcraft with his brother Abdullah over 20 years ago in Kutch.

Employing approximately 300 craftswomen from 8 villages in Kutch, Gujarat who are able to work from the comforts of home at their own convenience, the studio received UNESCO Seal of Excellence in 2006 and 2007 as the income is extremely valuable to their families, and in some cases, is their sole means of support.

SIDRcraft has managed to garner an international clientele that continues to grow year on year as the studio ensures the continuation of high quality bandhani and promotes economic independence for village artisans.

In India The origin of Bandhani goes back to some 5000 years ago when it was started by the Khatri Community of Gujarat The term `Bandhani` is derived from the word `Bandhan` that means tying up. It is an ancient art practise that is mainly used in the state of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Though tie-dyeing technique is not singular to India, the term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘bandh’ which means ‘to bind or to tie’. The vibrant tie and dye colors of Gujarat’s bandhani dupattas claim an unique place in Indian bridal ensemble as they never cease to command the attention of girls.

‘Shibori’ is a similar Japanese technique of resisting dyeing on cloth. The word itself means ‘to wring, squeeze, press’, and it is a way of manipulating the fabric to achieve the desired results. The technique has long been practiced in countries like China, Indonesia, Korea and India.

Website: http://www.sidrcraft.com

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