As promised, here is a quick overview of the Bandhani tie and dye technique, along with a peek at a Bandhani Saree that has not yet been unknotted.
The next step would be to get the Saree roll-pressed, which I believe is an ironing technique available in India which involves passing the entire length of fabric through manglers to stretch it out. This gets rid of the creases and crinkles most effectively.
Roll-pressing is not widely available in Malaysia, in fact if you know of a dhobi that does it, please do mention it in the comments below.
Roll-pressing is essential to stretch out the fabric to its full dimensions, but despite that being done to mine, it was STILL a little short in width. I could barely tuck an inch into my underskirt and the hem hovered closer to my ankles than I’m used to. It’s not unwearable, but for me, it just takes some getting used to. The length was absolutely fine; not the 6.2 metres that I’m used to, but nothing an extra metre of fabric on the inside won’t resolve.
If you’re looking for a Bandhani and are worried about the dimensions as your vendor what the final roll pressed measurements are so you’ll be comfortable with the width. If you’re over 5’9”, an extra 1 metre length of fabric attached to the top border will sort out the pesky tucking in problem. And yes, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing with my other Bandhani!
#sareeoftheday : Currant and Coal Cotton Bandhani paired with a Tangerine Saree blouse because the morning’s option simply didn’t work for me