Jabbar Khatri

Artist’s Statement

A. Jabbar Khatri was born to a family of Khatris, a community in the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gudjarat, that maintained the tradition of tye and dye textiles (bandhani) since the late 17th century. Khatri’s decision to make the bandhani craft his profession was against the norm as most of his peers were leaving the traditional crafts to work in mainstream jobs and careers.

Jabbar Khatri became motivated to adapt his family’s traditional craft for the contemporary market. After study and experiment with new designs, different colors, and dyeing techniques, Khatri evolved the unique bandhini creations to such a level that he was awarded the prestigious UNESCO Seal of Excellence both in 2006 and 2007. Today. his enterprise generates income for more than 300 women in the villages of Kutch. Through this collaboration he supports the continued practice of hand weaving and dying that has been a part of Indian family practices for centuries.



Bandhini refers to the technique of crafting patterned textiles by revisiting parts of a fabric by tying knots on it before it is dyed. This craft is believed to have travelled from Sindh to Gujarat via Rajasthan and further on to Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Kutch bandhani is renowned for its extremely fine dots and sophisticated sense of composition. Bandhani is worn for both everyday and ceremonial clothing. In India, the social, economic and cultural connotations are determined by the base fabric (Gazzi silk, fine cotton muslin or wool).


The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design launches “Craft City”

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) debuts a new program series this summer that honors Asheville as “Craft City.” At three outdoor pop-up studios this summer (July 7, August 4, and September 1) people of all skill levels and backgrounds can make a take-home craft under the guidance of a visiting artist.


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