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bandhani work

Indian tie dyeing, or knot dyeing, in which parts of a silk or cotton cloth are tied tightly with wax thread before the whole cloth is dipped in a dye vat; the threads are afterward untied, the parts so protected being left uncoloured. The technique is used in many parts of India, but Gujarat and Rajasthan produced, and are still noted for, the finest work. Surviving examples of the technique do not predate the 18th century, making it difficult to trace its earlier history.

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