Gharchola Craft of Gujarat

Gharchola Craft of Gujarat


The gharchola is the traditional Hindu and Jain wedding sari. The numbers of squares in it is ritually important - the number of squares are multiples of nine, 12, or 52. It used to be made of cotton but now silk is predominantly used.

The gharchola is essentially a bandhani sari. The technique of tie-dyeing cloth so that many small resist dyed spots produce elaborate patterns over the fabric is known as bandhini (bandhej) in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

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