Learn traditional Kutch bandhani (tie dye). Three award winning Kutchi artisans will teach bandhani (tiny dots), shibori (stitched resist), and clamp dye, with expertise in dyeing techniques as well. Once you have the concepts, you can design your own motifs and patterns, and use them to embellish your work.
Instructors: Abdul Aziz Khatri
Student supply list:
fabric- no synthetics, please. Suggested: silk scarves, light weight. Wool is also ok, but light weight,
Plastic bags to carry wet scarves
Number of hours for class: one day, 6 hrs with a one hour break for lunch
Class Level: Fascination – These classes will introduce you to a new skill, concept or technique and are open to all levels. The student may, however, be required to have a basic skill or have taken a certification class. For example, for a flat-pattern drafting class one need not know anything about flat-pattern drafting but should have a basic understanding of the sewing machine. Any prerequisites will be listed in the class description.
Member Price: $135
Non-Member Price: $145
Abudul Aziz Khatri learned the art of woolen bandhani from his family. His mother won the President's National Award for Craftmanship in 1993. He learned traditional patterns from his mother and grandmother and dyeing techniques from his father. He received a scholarship from the All India Handicrafts Board in 1998 to study natural dyeing in Dhamadka. In 2003, he studied water conservation, environmental concern and other types of dye at the Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association (ATIRA). In 2005, he studied design at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.
Basir Fakirmamad Khatri comes from a traditional bandhani family in Bhuj. His grandfather Abdulla Alarakhiya Khatri was a well know bandhani artist. While in school, Basir learned bandhani from his uncle. When he left school, he began to work on his own. Basir considers his craft a means of earning both respect and money. He believes a good artisan is knowledgeable about his craft and market. He values his own work and encourages other to learn. Good Design, he says, has a good balance of tardition and contemporary elements.
Khatri Taina Abdulaziz's grandfather is a traditional wool bandhani artist while her father and uncle work on silk fabric. They have a workshop in Bhadli under the name Ababil and have attended such craft shows as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. Taina has been bandhani tying since she was 8 years old and helps her father experiment and create new designs.