Apani Dhani Eco-Lodge

In Nawalgarh - Shekhawati - Rajasthan (India)

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Tie & dye workshop

Aim of these activities: to offer our guests an in-depth discovery of our culture and anopportunity to meet and interact with members of the local community while providingthem with fair complementary revenues.

Through this interactive workshop, Ousman, a Nawalgarh-born artisan, will show you the process of making tie and dye or Bandhej: tying parts of a piece of fabric with a thread to shield them from the action of the dye. This traditional method of reserve dyeing is coming from Rajasthan and Gujarat

You will make scarves with simple designs — gifts for friends or to keep for yourself.


Traditionally women are assigned to the tying while men prepare the dye.

In Shekhawati, tie and dye is on the verge of disappearing in the face of cheap machine-made imitations. Most of the male members of Muslim Rangrez community, whose traditional occupation is dying, have migrated to Middle East to find other types of work.

By participating in this workshop, you will also be supporting a craft revival.

After the workshop, if you wish, you could also buy scarves directly from Ousman.

Duration of this activity: half-day.

A detailed tariff of the various activities will be sent upon request at