We have started to sort pictures for the block printing book. We took over 10000 pictures during our trip and now trying to decide how to tell the story… It´s challenging but yet so fun to work with this project. Baghru is known for “dhabu” resist printing with mud and over dye with indigo as well as the use of natural pigments for block printing with colours. The fabrics needs to be mordanted with harda before you print with natural colours made of iron/jagery, madder and turmeric. This indigo vat has sustained for 9 years!
Back after a very intense month in India where I’ve been doing field studies as well as worked with the book project about the beautiful craft of block printing. Also explored different ways of working with natural dyes for both dyeing and printing. Met so many skilled craftspeople and the knowledge and enthusiasm they’ve shared is invaluable and very inspiring. Thank you all!
Soon on my way to beloved Mother India. This time will work together with block printers in Baghru, Sanganer, Ajrakhpur. Combining research, practical work and by following the whole process of pattern making and preparing for the book project; “Block print, trace from hand and nature”. Follow the work at @theblockprintingbook on Instagram.
Visited two block carving workshops in Jaipur today. Delicate patterns made with skilled crafting hands. A nice sweater can also make you feel better when you are out of cash.
Back in Jaipur and looking at the amazing art of block printing. Tomorrow we will visit Baghru village.