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Traditional Bandhani Workshop


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
Bandhani Workshop

With Jabbar & Abdullah Khatri

$695 [Includes $150 lab fee] Class limit 16. Sept 12-15 (Thu-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Join brothers Jabbar and Abdullah Khatri as they teach the traditional bandhani techniques of resist tying cloth and the secrets of colouring the prepared cloth using natural dyes.

Bandhani tying is a process whereby a small portion of cloth is gathered and then wrapped tightly with threads to form a resist. In the Kachchh area of western Gujarat this technique has evolved to incorporate multiple colours. Pride is taken in forming patterns from the smallest dots imaginable. Students will learn the traditional methods as well as contemporary variations. In addition students will learn how patterns are designed, the aesthetic and repertoire of motifs, and how patterns are transferred onto cloth in such a way that the designs can be accurately realized over and over again. Students will also learn the dye techniques used to achieve gradations (ombre). Finally, the bandhani technique will be augmented by including some clamp resist methods.

This is an opportunity to learn from two master craftsmen who have not only dedicated their lives to maintaining the traditional bandhani heritage of western India but brought the craft to worldwide acclaim.

Jabbar and Abdullah join us from the Kachchh Desert, India.

Jabbar and Abdullah will also give a lecture and exhibit their work in the Five Artisans Exhibition.

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Jabbar & Abdullah Khatri

Jabbar and Abdullah Khatri have been working with traditional bandhani textiles for over 20 years. Bandhani is a family tradition, and although the previous generation abandoned the craft, Jabbar and his brother Abdullah have taken it up again. Bandhani is a centuries-old tradition of micro tie dye that produces exquisite pattern, design and texture on fabric. Today the brothers produce high-quality bandhani that promotes economic independence for village artisans and caters to an international clientele. The pair have received the UNESCO Seal of Excellence for 2006 and 2007, been invited to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market many times, and been finalists for the International Folk Art Alliance Living Traditions Award.

Earlier Event: September 11
Pattern Recognition
Later Event: September 12
The Creative Studio