Category Archives: Hand Block Printing

Rajasthali Emporium- Best Place To Shop In Jaipur

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Rajasthan is a home for arts and artisans. Whenever you travel here, you won’t be able to leave empty handed. The artistic outputs will definitely spellbind you. One such place that brings together everything under one roof for all shopping enthusiasts is Rajasthali which is located on M.I. Road, Jaipur. This is the Rajasthan Government’s sole handicraft emporium which provides a platform to small artisans from various parts of the colorful state to showcase their craftsmanship.

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Handcrafted products such as hand-woven/ vegetable dyed/ hand-block printed fabric, furniture, blue pottery, terracotta pottery, paintings, silver and lac jewellery,  etc. among many other traditional products from various parts of the desert state are put forward for the customers to take benefits of. Some of the iconic styles have even reached the international markets where they are being largely appreciated.

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In fact, recently, a Bangladeshi fashion designer and former international model, B.B. Russell opened her brand outlet of products created and sourced from Rajasthan in the showroom here. Ms. Russell who has been working in Rajasthan with local artisans and craft persons for the past couple of years has displayed the creative apparel and innovative accessories in the 240 square feet outlet of the first floor of Rajasthali.

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The talents are called upon from the interiors of the state and are given a stage to promulgate their artistic attributes. They belong to different regions and carry out various unique techniques belonging to their region. For example: Kotadoriya sarees from Kota, Akola print tasser sarees from Udaipur.

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Anyone coming to Jaipur must buy Rajasthani crafts & textiles from here as this is where they get authentic stuff which is high in quality at really competitive prices. Moreover, you don’t have to wander hither and thither in search of stuff as you will find them all under one roof.

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Hope your quest for shopping gets satisfied here and you take back beautiful handcrafted memories along with you.

Welcome to Dastkar Ranthambore

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When the Ranthambore National Park was created, many communities of the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan, who were living on forest produce lost their source of income. They only option they were left with was to look for an alternative source of income. It was then the Ranthambore Foundation approached Dastkar to initiate income generation activities among women of that area. They identified the local craft traditions of that area and laid the foundation stone of an organization known as “Dastkar Ranthambore”. An initiative to create jobs, skills and opportunities around the economy of wildlife was proved booming as around 300 women artisans from the villages around the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve presently work here and generate their livelihood.

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The organization produces a range of fashion accessories, such as scarves, kurtas, pouches, bags and home furnishings like bed-sheets, table linen, cushions, quilts etc using the skills of block printing, hand embroidery and patch work, which are highly appreciated in the international and domestic markets. Distinctive tiger motifs and images of animals, birds and trees on products reflect the concern of local communities for the nature and its endangered tiger specie.

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When you visit Ranthambore next time, don’t forget to explore the Dastkar Ranthambore and take home back beautiful souvenirs from there.

Contact Details:

Dastkar Ranthambhore

Dastkari Kendra
Post – Sherpur-Khilchipur
Sawai Madhopur-322001 Rajasthan (India)
Tel: +91 7462 252051

Lehariya: The vibrant colors with love from Rajasthan

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With the arrival of monsoon, the barren land of Rajasthan gets flourished with green bed of flora, numerous festivals, celebrations and one more wave of color i.e Leharia, which is worn by every second person in this season of spring. Lehariya (zigzag pattern of irregular color stripes)  is a traditional style of tie dye practiced in Rajasthan that results in brightly colored cloth with distinctive patterns for a vibrant look. The technique gets its name from the Rajasthani word for wave because the dyeing technique is often used to produce complex wave patterns.

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When the skilled hands of traditional Lehariya craftsmen get to work, they are able to give us an elegant combination of striped patterns that can be used as an apparel or accessory. Lehariya artwork results in diagonal patterns, which present an aesthetic look to the garment. Lehariya looks truly regal when it is done on an elegant white background.

Lehariya has become extremely popular as part of high-end Asian fashion because of its intricate work, touch of tradition, and glamour appeal. The longer this process takes, the more stunning your outfit is! You can couple it with some junk jewelry and you are set to look nothing short of gorgeous!

Merchants in various lehariya-producing centers of Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur also create turbans in interesting colors and patterns.

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The famous Lehariya of Rajasthan is a visual invocation of the flow of water at the same time painstakingly showing the depths of indigo after multiple mud-resistant and dyeing processes. No small wonder that the blues in Lehariya attract the eyes instinctively.

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So, what keeps you at bay? Just go ahead and shop for some colorful and vibrant Lehariya for yourself or your loved ones back home.

Lehariya is available at most of the saree and traditional wear stores across Rajasthan. For online shopping you can also look into http://www.aapnostore.com

Dabu Print from the remotes of Rajasthan

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To add a touch of old world Rajasthani charm to your shopping desires, Rajasthan Tourism Buzz brings to you the ancient process of Dabu printing in a small and a very old textile and print pioneer village called “Akola”,  located sixty kms from Chitthorgarh.

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The process begins with the mixing of a special type of clay paste called “dhabu”.  A design is then sketched onto the background cloth and this design is covered with the special clay with the help of wooden blocks, after which saw dust is sprinkled. The saw dust sticks to the cloth as the clay dries. The cloth is then ready to be dyed in the chosen colors. The designs covered by the dhabu remain colorless and once the dyeing process is complete, the cloth is dried then washed to remove the clay mixture. This cloth can now be dyed in a lighter color to give the patterns some color as well.

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It is such a lengthy and labor-intensive process, but the end result is more than worth it! What you get is a piece of Indian heritage which can’t be replicated by machine and a beautiful garment to wear as well! The finished material forms the heart and soul of our clothing collection, visible in thoughtful detailing and showcased in bold colors against stark backgrounds.

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Hopefully our post on the Rajasthani textile has whetted your appetite because we’ll be talking about more such incredible treasures of Rajasthan in the posts to come!

First Integrated Textile Park in Jaipur

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Rejoice textile lovers! Jaipur, known as the centre hub of Textile now has its own Textile Park called “Jaipur Integrated TEXCRAFT Park Pvt. Ltd.” The Park is being created to prevent and control the pollution caused in Sanganer and nearby areas due to the chemical disposition from dyeing and painting of clothes in a large scale in the area. Spread across the area of 23.42 acre land in RICCO Industrial Area phase II, the TEXCRAFT Park aims to provide world class infrastructure and state of the art facilities to approx 20 unit holders with around 4 thousand artisans under one roof. the park has been set up with the combined efforts of a group of hand block printers and the endeavor has been to upscale and promote the traditional technologies keeping in line the modern needs and usage.It would facilitate city’s mini, micro and large textile companies for the production of textile and craft materials at one centre hub.

The park infrastructure is highly environment friendly with the additional facilities of water recycling that would ensure 90% of recycled water to be reused. Besides, a centre pond is also constructed for Rain Water Harvesting and that water would also be used for dyeing and painting at the Park.

Inaugurated by the Union minister for textiles Dr Kavuru Sambasiva Rao on Wednesday, July24, 2013, the Jaipur TEXCRAFT Park would also host Textile Training Programmes, Seminars, Workshops, Block Print and skill development programmes and designing programmes to benefit more and more aspiring artists in the country. Interestingly, now the families of traditional block printers in Sanganer would join this park and start their printing work from here itself.

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The Jaipur TEXCRAFT Park certainly is a commendable initiative for big textile companies to work under one roof. It has open employment opportunities for women, direct employment to 4000 persons and indirect employment to 12,000 . And most important the park would also help in controlling the pollution.

BAGRU Prints- A Journey through the Mazes of Block Printing!

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“The process of hand block printing includes artisans to soak carved wooden blocks in different colors and then paste them on the fabric thus creating some magical wonder on the piece of cloth. Bagru prints brings you an exquisite collection of floral prints and designs made in vegetable colour, which is the specialty of Rajasthan block printing”
 

Are you in love with that floral and leaves motifs? Do you want to know from where they originated?? So we got to tell you….

 32 kilometers east of Jaipur city is a small village called Bagru, where there is a hum of activity in the field of hand block printing on textiles, using traditionally patterned blocks, and rich natural colours. The main colours of Bagru prints are Red and Black. The printed fabric can be dyed in different colour variations as per requirement.

 Bagru printing process goes through a series of interesting steps before it reaches you.

Initially, fabric, usually, cotton is cut into required size and then pre washed and soaked for at least 24 hours to remove starch and dust out of it. The fabric is then dyed in the ‘Harda’ solution, which allows dye to adhere to the fabric. The yellow died fabric is then dried under ample sunshine so that it develops a yellowish beige color making the fabric ready for the printing. The fabric is finally moved to long padded printing tables and printing is always done from left to right. The printer gently taps the wooden block in the tray of dyed colors and then carefully applied to the fabric ensuring its uniform distribution. The process is repeated again and again with rehk(fine outlines), daata(inside filling) and gadh block (background). After the printing is completed, the fabric is allowed to dry for at least 2-3 days before it can be rinsed. Then the printed fabric is boiled and stirred in a copper pot to get rid of dirt present in the fabric.

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The block printing is manual process and blocks impression prints in repeated form expects little different placement of next block, which is the main beauty of Bagru Hand Block Printing that contributes to the natural elegance of the piece.

For the purpose of creating motifs printers use various natural objects like neem leaves, rose petals, chili, and dhaniya ki bel (coriander sprig). These motifs have changed over the time. Traditionally, ‘Bagru Motifs’ are bolder and more geometrical in nature. Bagru prints are used for making kurtas, shirts, quilts, bed sheets etc.

As a matter of fact, ‘Bagru prints are famous for being environment friendly. Even, today artisans use vegetable dyes like pomegranate for red color, turmeric for yellow and so on. Bagru print I s acclaimed all over India.

Hand block printing has seen a major revival over the past two decades. It is craft that has been handed down generations but with the propensity towards industry, traditional printers are fewer in number.

India is today in the fashion forefront in the world. Foreign buyers have been greatly attracted by traditional hand printed textiles, the export trade has been so consistent that traditional printers are kept busy even today and hand block printing has extended itself to non-traditional centres like Delhi, Bombay, Madras and Bangalore.

Now the next time you are visiting Rajasthan, make sure to add Bagru in your itinerary to acknowledge the centuries old tradition of real printing process and also to observe ‘behind the scenes’ of hand block printing.