India is home to a variety of cotton handloom fabric. Bandhani is one such name, known for its technique of decoration in cotton saris and ordhnis (dupattas). The Bandhani technique is the traditional weaving that is famous in the northwestern provinces of India, especially in the State of Rajasthan and in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Bandhani is an ancient art practiced by the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The colours used in Bandhani are very bright and lively. The pattern is formed by dots on the fabric. Each dot is tied with a piece of cotton thread. Leharia or Lahriya, which means waves, is another form of tie and dye used in Bandhani weaves. This technique is adopted to decorate lengths of fabric generally used for turbans used by Rajputs in Rajasthan. Saurashtra, Kutch and Rajasthan produce the finest Bandhani sarees in India.