CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Dabu Blockprint
BAGRU, a town at the outskirts of Jaipur, in Rajasthan is one of the textile hubs of India. It is known for centuries for its natural dyeing, Syahi Begar printing, indigo dyeing and wooden hand block printing. Since at least 400 years, Bagru has been home to the Chhipa clan. If combining two Nepal Bhasa words, chhi means "to dye" and pa means “to leave something to bask in sun”.
DABU is a mud resist mixture made from local black clay, wheat powder, guar gum, and lime water. After the printer applies the dabu print pattern, a fine layer of sawdust is sprinkled over the fabric to help prevent it from sticking to itself during the dye process. The motifs made with the mud resist remain uncolored while the rest of the fabric is dyed.
At BAGRU TEXTILES, at least sixteen families work regularly as master printers, dyers, block carvers, dhobiwalas (laundry people), and designers. A portion of Bagru Textiles's profits support community initiatives for the entire Chhipa community.
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