Silk bandhani(tie and dye) saris of this type were made for the weddings of wealthy Gujarati women. The use of human figures suggests that it was meant for use by the Hindu and Jain communities. The density of dots yellow and their fineness testify to the quality of this piece.
The red satin silk sari has a central medallion depicting rasa or circle dance performed by a group of women. The medallion is placed within a rectangle defined by ornate multiple borders and the two end-panels. The rectangle is richly filled with bird and foliage motifs in yellow tie-dye work. The dual length-wise borders have running alternate parrot and floral motif in the upper border and alternate elephant and lotus motif in the lower border.
The main end-panel has motif of dancing girls intercepted by floral designs. The panel ends in a running band of gold-brocade, which makes it a festive sari.


  • Title: Sari
  • Date: 1901/1970
  • Location: Jamnagar, Saurashtra, Gujarat
  • Physical Dimensions: L 270 cm x B 127 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silk
  • Technique: Bandhani technique on silk
  • Period: Early to mid-20thcentury

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