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Incepted in 12th century and mainly used by Kings. This is very find art for cloth printing and its a labor intensive process. As name suggest “Block Printing”, printing on cloth performed by wooden block with combination of right dye. This is time consuming as well as expensive process with compare to today’s machinery world. However there are thousands of customers who love such art.

Today, Rajstathan is major hub of this type of printing and finished product is being exported to around the world.

Essential tools: wooden block, fabric and dye

Process:

  1. Process started with selecting right wooden block. As per end user requirement artisican select wooden block from wide range of collection. Shape of block can be vary from circular, square, rectangle, etc.
  2. Now we place fabric on printing table and make sure fabric fitted there properly.
  3. Printing: Printing is done from left to right. When the printer is using the discharge or direct block print methods, the printer dips the block into the dye then presses it onto the fabric. The printer slams the back of the block hard with the fist to create a clear impression. Then the printer moves the block to the next portion of fabric to be dyed, using points on the block to serve as a guide for the placement of the block.
  4. When pattern is finished on the whole length of fabric, the piece is treated to fix the dyes. First, the fabric is dried in the sun. Once dried, the fabric is rolled in newspapers and steamed in special boilers. After steaming, the fabric is washed, dried in the sun again, and ironed. Each of these steps contributes to fixing the pigment and making the colors rich and vibrant.

As name suggest, “Patchwork”, it’s a stitching process involve of many different pieces of clothes. Generally this process complete with hand stitching and put together all the patches very carefully. Patches are meticulously measured & cut. It can be of any shape as per design requirement.

Patchwork is used to make many fabrics and mainly use to make quilts, bags, clothes.

Process:

  1. First of all, design need to be finalized and patches to be arranged.
  2. Now we stitch all the patches as design requirement.
  3. Now we a fabric on back side of joint patches and stitch it in order to give support and strength to patch.

Patch Work

It is said to be more than 500 years old art and originated from West Bengal, India. This is an art of running thread from one end to other meticulously. Most important feature of this art is distance between each stitch should be same.

Kantha is used on many fabrics such as clothes, bed lines, bags, scarf, etc.

Process is very simple. Artisan run thread from one end of fabric to other and also make parallel stitches.

Kantha Work

It is a very old art of clothing and assumed to born somewhere in Europe. However, this is very fascinating type to art, so spread throughout the world. Now a days we can see there any many products have been produced on this type of art. Starting from women dresses, bedcovers, bags, fabrics are being made though this type.

As the name suggested, “Cutwork”, fabric is cut and remove the pieces of cutting making holes. Holes will be stitched or filled with embroidery to make it more elegant.

Process:

  1. Selected design need to imprint on fabric. We make sure the design imprints easily washable.
  2. Now we cut the design and separate out the cuttings. You can see clear designs on the fabric.
  3. Now we place a very thin fabric at the back side of design. And stitched out each and every hole with back fabric. This will give design strength.

Applique or Cutwork