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TRADITIONAL TRIBAL TEXTILES MADE IN INDIA
“The terrain of western India is dramatic, but for most of the year it is a landscape painted with shades of yellows and browns, broken by the irrigated fields of rich green and punctuated by clusters of thorn and other hardy trees adjacent to the wells and seasonal lakes. By way of relief to the monotony of these dull tones, the people of the region have a deep-seated need for colour which is vented in the vibrancy of their...decorations."
"The art of textile design and production have a longstanding history in this region. The various styles and techniques portray diversity in the local population, influenced by neighboring cultures and religions for many centuries."
PROCESS : SILK & COTTON BLOCK-PRINTED SCARVES
OUR VISIT TO A TRADITIONAL HAND BLOCK-PRINTING STUDIO IN RAJASTHAN, INDIA
There are various styles of block-printing and materials used in this practice of resist-dyeing. The patterns achieved on all block printed textiles are created by the individual stamp designs of a master printer.
This centuries-old technique requires the skill of various artisans: first a wood carver designs and creates the motif on each handheld stamp. The master printer then holds this stamp and dips it in dye or in a dye-resistant material like mud or wax, and hand-prints the intended design onto a piece of natural fabric. LEARN MORE