Crafts of India: Block Printing

While visiting the village of Bagru, near Jaipur, I had the chance to watch people  making traditional Indian block-printed fabrics. The craftsmen of Bagru cut the wood blocks by hand and use only eco-friendly vegetable dyes in the painstaking process, rinsing the fabric between colours. Although basic hand relief block printing is a familiar technique, it was incredible to see people using such techniques on a commercial scale – it can take days to print an entire bolt of fabric, or weeks if the design is more complex.

Multi-colour wood-block printing on a length of fabric

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