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What Is Block Printing And How Can You Design Your Own Fabric With It?

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Aparna Jaiswal

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"There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil. "

- Benjamin Haydon

 

Block printing process involves the printing of patterns and images on textiles or paper. It is said that block printing originated in China and later became popular all over the world including India. It might be a time consuming process but the end results will mesmerize you.

 

Block printing is a centuries-old printing technique in India. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan were and are still the main centres of this ancient printing technique. It shows how much passion and patience artists put in to make their fabric designs unique and beautiful

 

These block prints are created on the fabric when wooden blocks are dipped into natural or vegetable dyes and then different types of designs and patterns are made on the fabric.

 

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To know more about this block printing process, you must go through the steps below to have a better knowledge about it. yow will know how this block printing is done and how you can design your own fabric with it.

 

  • Washing And Drying The Fabric

 

Washing And Drying The Fabric | Bulb And Key

 

Generally, cotton fabric is used for block printing. This fabric is bought and is kept in water for about 2 days. This is done to remove the starch from the cotton. Then these clothes are beaten on stones and then they are allowed to dry in the sun.

 

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  • Block Making

 

Block Making | Bulb And Key

 

First, a design is made on paper and then similar is carved on the wooden block. Separate blocks are made for different colours and designs.

 

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  • Block Printing

 

Block Printing | Bulb And Key

 

The fabric to be printed is spread on a large table and then blocks are pressed on the fabric to make a required design on it. It becomes difficult when different colours and images are used in the design. The artisans have to use various types of blocks to make the design.

 

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  • Final Washing And Drying

 

Final Washing And Drying | Bulb And Key

 

Once the printing work is done, it is allowed to dry. After the colour gets set, it is taken for the final wash. This wash is followed by again drying of the fabric. When the cloth gets dried up, it is ready for cutting and selling. 

 

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