Artist Profiles


Abduljabbar M. Khatri, Abdullah M. Khatri


South and Central Asia





Medium of Work:

Bandhani textiles

Year(s) Attended:

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Abduljabbar and Abdullah were born into a family of traditional tie-dye artists, but their ancestral lineage with the art form was broken by their great-grandfather. Drawn back toward this traditional Kutchi craft, the brothers took advantage of the knowledge of uncles and cousins who still make bandhani to reinvigorate the traditional family business. The brothers experimented with new fabrics and designs for their tie-dyed textiles, merging traditional and contemporary motifs. From naturally dyed indigo cotton bandhani shawls to Habuti silk dupattas (long, multipurpose scarfs traditional to India), their work has won awards and international acclaim.

The bandhani technique involves dyeing a fabric that is tied tightly with a thread at specific points. Thousands of these tiny knots, known as bheendi, can appear on a meter of fabric, forming a vast variety of patterns. The design emerges after dyeing, when the knots are untied to reveal galaxies of dots, often in bright colors on rich backgrounds.