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Article: Bagru block printing

Bagru block printing

Our handwoven fabrics are printed by hand with wooden blocks in Bagru, Rajasthan, with a technique called hand block printing. In keeping with the textile traditions of Bagru, we use vegetable and mineral dyes whenever possible.

Our designs are carved by hand into wooden blocks from cross-sections of sisam wood by master carvers in Bagru.

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Above: Our polka hand blocks 
Our distinctive colour palette comes from traditional plant and mineral dystuffs: true indigo, Indigofera tinctoria, for our blues; begar for pinks, reds, and oranges; alum for greys; fermented syahi for black. Some dyes are boosted with a small amount of non-toxic chemical dyes for brighter hues.

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