Block Printing Process

 
 
“If you're always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you're in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you're in and live your life to the fullest.”
― Nanette Mathews

Block Printing is truly such an art form that inspires you to take a moment, slow down and enjoy it. It is one of the earliest and slowest printing method hand printing each motif at a time encapsulating in its years of practice, craftsmanship, patience, hard work and love for creativity. Block printing can be traced back to around 2,000 years in China.


Here is a pictorial description of mud-resist dabu block printing method now practiced in only a few parts of India. One can never achieve such drama with machine printing. Dabu block printed fabrics have an ethereal and earthly feel to them.
 
 
1. Block Carving:  A piece of wood is hand-carved that works as a stencil. There are special artists whose families have been doing this for generations but only a few artist are left now to do this. 
 
 
 
 
2.Preparing the mud resist paste and printing: A mud resist paste is made from clay, lime water, and gum arabica. The hand-carved block is dipped in this paste and printed on fabric.
 
 
Artist Printing on Table
 
 
3. Spraying of saw dust: Saw dust is sprinkled manually on the wet Dabu print and then the fabric is dried by laying out in the sun(eco-friendly drying). 

4. Dyeing: The dried fabric is then dipped in the desired dye, keep in mind the resist is still on fabric.
 
 
 Before Dipping
 
 
 
 
5. Drying & Washing: The dyed fabric is sun dried again for dyes to set in and once the fabric is dried, the resist paste is washed to reveal the design under it and rest of the fabric is dyed.
 
 
 
 
So with all the love, care, and hard work we present to you these hand block printed products to bring a splash of color and warmth to your home straight from the heart of exotic Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Fort

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