The name Bhandhani is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit word bandha, meaning tied. The name which refers to both the technique and the end-product is created by the tedious process of pinching and resist tying of the fabric before dyeing. It is believed to have originated in Sindh, from where it travelled to Rajasthan and then to Gujarat.
The chitarnar or the artist draws the patterns on the fabric, the bandnari or knotter pinches and ties the dots and the Ranganaar or dyer finally dyes the textile piece.
The prominent colour contrast of the white or cream dots on the dyed bright and deep colours is well balanced by an inimitable sense of composition and symmetry of the design forms. Traditionally done by the Khatri community, Bandhej (configuration of dots) and Leheriya (waves like water), are two famous and very distinct styles of tying-and-dyeing from Rajasthan.