Bandhani-tie and dye is the most important traditional handiwork of Kutchi people. Bandhanis are very closely associated with deep rooted social customs. It is treated as a symbol of married life. It is a must in the marriages of Hindus and Muslims. Discovery of dyed cotton fabric dating back to the Indus valley civilization shows that the art of dyeing using penetrating was well known to the dyers about 5000 years ago. Tie-dye still continues to have an important position in Gujarat.
Bandhani tie and dye is found in some forms in almost all parts of the world. ‘Bandhani' is also called as ‘Bandhej' came originally from the word ‘Bandhana' (to tie). Today, most of the Bandhani produced in India is made in Kutch, Saurastra and in other neighbouring districts.