My trip starts in Bagru - a town at the outskirts of Jaipur, in Rajasthan. 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”.

This etymological theory feels especially true as you walk through the vast communal drying fields that connect the Chhipa Mohalla (the village printers’ quarters). The air here is redolent with the fragrance of drying fabric, the ground and the concrete walls are covered in oranges, blues, and pinks.

Everywhere you turn in Bagru there is a scene that will make you stop!

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BAGRU & DABU

Treasures