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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.