Applying colour using wooden block
Wooden blocks are made according to patterns
Placing of block on textile is critical
Paper is used to avoid print in certain areas
Apparatus for making colours
Mixing colours to get desired shade
Prepared colour is placed in tray with cotton padding
'Achaaraa' – cloth used to make base
Drying cloth for printing
Washed and dried cloth ready for printing
Hand block print is one of the techniques of applying colour in a definitive pattern on textile surface. As the name suggests, a block of wood is prepared and desired pattern is carved out on one of the flat side. This side is dipped in colour and then placed on textile surface.
Hand block printing is done in many parts of India but Sanganer (situated near Jaipur, Rajasthan) is the most popular. Hand block printing developed in sanganer in during the 17th century when it got popular in European countries.Sanganer print got its identity because of its intricate and floral patterns. East India Company started exporting it.
Today, almost the whole of Sanganer village is involved in the business of hand block print. More than 150 printing units are setup and is growing day by day.