In a series of dots, Bandhani designs create peacocks, flowers, dancers or rasamandalas across a dyed piece of cloth. The dot designs are mapped onto the fabric by an artisan using butter paper. A simple cotton thread ties the cloth to create a single dot. A small cylindrical piece of plastic or glass is used as a bobbin for the thread. The tied material is dyed with various techniques, depending on the type and shade of the dye. The dyeing is done as many times as many colours are required in the fabric.