The traditional process of hand block printing on textiles, with rich natural colours, has been practiced in Rajasthan for around 500 years. A print starts with the design, drawn on paper and meticulously carved by hand into the wooden blocks by skilled artisans. Our blocks are made up of various Indian woods like ‘Rosewood’ or, ‘Mango wood’, ‘Teak wood’, etc. The physical block measures approximately 18-25 cm across and is the design for a single repeat which is then stamped in rows across the fabric.
Once the blocks are carved, the master printer prepares the colours which will be used in printing. For each new design, we do a colour check and test out new colour combinations.
We use Pantone TPG (TPX or TCX) reference codes for colour matching. Each colour in the design is carved into a separate block.
For the printing process, the colours are then poured into wooden trays and the blocks stamped in the colour each time, then stamped onto the fabric to form the repeat pattern. Each colour pattern is stamped individually onto the fabric; the process takes skill and time, as the pattern must be stamped repeatedly across the fabric, colour by colour. The slight human irregularities — inevitable in handwork — create the artistic effect emblematic of block prints.
The final outcome of this intricate labour is a timeless and unique product.