The village of Bagru, outside Jaipur in Rajasthan has long been associated with fine craft textiles. Here we saw fabrics being dyed and printed using traditional eco-friendly hand methods. The dyes used are taken from natural vegetable sources, such as indigo for blue, pomegranate rind mixed with indigo for green, madder root for red and turmeric for yellow. Alum is used as a mordant (the chemical used to fix the colours).
Below are a few photos of the dyeing process.
Vat full of indigo dye.