Cotton fabric is evenly spread on a table before printing
Colour paste is mixed evenly in wooden tray with the printing pad
Wooden block are dipped in the colour paste and printed on the fabric
The wooden blocks are pressed hardly to print designs on the fabric
Blocks are placed on the fabric without coinciding with other designs
After placing the wooden block on the fabric extra pressure with fist is applied to print the design
Edges are imprinted with newspapers to avoid the over printing of designs
Mostly geometrical and floral designs are printed on the clothes
Artisan involved in block printing the designs on cloth
Each block is pressed on the cloth to print the design with the support of thumb finger
Motifs vary from geometrical to different types floral designs
Selected portions of the cloth are only printed with hand blocks
The technique of decorating the textiles by hand with the wooden blocks is referred to as block printing. On printing-table the dried cloth is spread and fixed with the help of pins. Marking is done with the help of scale and chalk the areas to be printed, spaces for cutting and stitching. Before printing on the fabric, the printing paste is spread evenly in the wooden tray and the design is stamp on the cloth. Blocks are pressed hard with the fist on the back of the handle to imprint the colour evenly from left to right side; number of colours used in the design defines the number of blocks to be used. Usually borders are printed with the large mango butta and variations of the butti designs.
Printed cloth is dried in shade, sunlight and washed in the river to fix the colours in case of pigment dyes. After drying, the printed cloth is wrapped in plastic or newspapers to avoid the colour spreading.
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