The art of Hand Block Printing

The centuries old Indian Craft of Hand block printing utilizes hand carved teak wood or metal blocks that are dipped in natural dyes and then stamped onto the fabric.

Usually blocks are traditional Mughal motifs, but of-late more contemporary prints have been interpreted by the craftsmen. A wooden block takes as much as 15 days to make and is made by skilled block makers who sketch and carve the patterns.

 

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The fabric is washed in river and is then dyed to an Ecru colour. After drying it is laid on a flat table and stretched with pins. The multitude of colours for the prints are created by mixing 4 basic colours along with the primer. Each colour in the design is then stamped onto the fabric by hand creating the unique pieces

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