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Black and Gold Silk Scarf — By SIDR Craft

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I have to tell you up front that my photography does not adequately capture just how beautiful these hand-dyed silk scarves are. They are saturated with color and the silk has a soft shimmer than deepens the color and richness.

This scarf is made with the centuries-old Bandhani process. Bandhani scarves can take weeks, even months to complete. The handcrafted scarves are composed of highly intricate patterns that are literally tied into the fabric and then dyed using a complex drying process.

Bandhani is a type of tie-dye textile decorated by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design.The term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit verbal root bandh (“to bind, to tie”). Today most Bandhani making centers are situated in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sindh, Punjab region and in Tamil Nadu where it’s known as Sungudi. Earliest evidence of Bandhani dates back to Indus Valley Civilization where dyeing was done as early as 4000 B.C. The earliest example of the most pervasive type of Bandhani dots can be seen in the 6th century paintings depicting the life of Buddha found on the wall of Cave 1 at Ajanta.

SIDR Craft is a creative and responsible social enterprise involving around 200 craftswomen in kutch making exclusive silk and cotton scarves, scarves and shawls, apart from working on customized collection for international designers. Its founders have been conferred the UNESCO Seal of Excellence for its standards for setting quality in craftsmanship. 

SIDR Craft is a social artisan-based enterprise established in 1992, led by Abdullah and Abduljabbar Khatri. They employ approximately 200 craftswomen in Kutch, Gujarat, India.


"We've been fascinated with our traditional craft since childhood. In 1992, we started tie-dyeing professionally, making cotton dresses, dupattas and sarges for Indian markets. It's very fulfilling that our work leads to a sustainable livelihood for around 250 artisan women in rural Kutch."



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