Bandhani, as the term indicates (from bandh=tie)is a work of tie and dye technique. The plain white material is first marked with dotted designs and the dots tied with a fine thread before dyeing.The process of tying and dyeing is repeated depending on the number of colours used.
This dupatta is divided into four equal sections and each section has the same design of the gopi, an elephant, a tiger and a peacock done only in two colours, light brown and green.The tiger represents the blessings of the mother goddess and the elephant,prosperity,Gopi symbolise marital bliss,whereas the peacock gaiety and happiness in life.
School of Art Collection.
Textiles and Costumes of India
19th Century CE