Dating back to the 12th century, this art came to Kachchh when members of the Khatri community migrated from Sindh, and has since been culturally important to Kachchhi communities. The most revered type of bandhani is the gharcholu, which is the traditional wedding odhani of Gujarati Hindu and Jain brides. The chandrokhani is worn by Muslim brides. Besides, Bandhani was also used for daily attire and for auspicious occasions, like births and weddings.
The technique of tightly winding a thread around a section of cloth, dyeing it, and then removing the thread to reveal a circular resist motif, helps produce a variety of patterns such as Leheriya, Mothra, Ekdali and Shikhari, depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied.