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Rajasthan is known for its vast traditional culture as well as speckled printing styles. There are many printing techniques followed by the Rajasthani artisans. Diverse printing patterns are used on the fabrics to beautify its look. Daboo work, Block printing, Bagru Printing and Ajrakh printing are well-known as exotic Rajasthani art style.
In Block printing, hand carved wooden blocks is prepared in several patterns. These beautifully mottled designed blocks are dipped in the organic colors made with the vegetables and later on imprinted on the fabric. This process is slightly time consuming as compared to the other printing styles on textiles. On the other hand, Block printing is from Sanganer known for its hardworking craftsmen. They happen to belong to Chippa community. Such form of printing is generally done on white backgrounds and even applied on bright colored base at several point of times. This printing style exhibits floral designs.
Apart from the others, Dabu or spelled as Daboo print is an ancient mud resist hand block printing technique from Rajasthan. This form of printing has to go through many stages and is very laborious. Along with Rajasthani art designs, modern concepts are also used in this printing. Thus, Daboo printing is used to design Indian and Indo-western clothes as well as home decorative articles. The patterns of Daboo prints are influenced from nature such as plants, birds, flowers, fruits as well as traditional creative designs.
Coming to Bagru, it is also one of the forms of block printing that gained its popularity among customers because of the organic colors used in this style. This printing is also painstakingly arduous. In Bagru printing, black, brown, beige and red base colors are used. Bagru prints have different themes and geometrical patterns.
Another form of printing in Rajasthan is Ajrakh, which has been very popular technique. It aims at using natural and vegetable dyes. In this style of printing, mostly Jaal pattern is followed on all over the cloth. At some points, jaal is printed at the center and boarders runs on all the four sides.
These printing forms are adorned on garments, bed linens, cushion covers and many home décor items. Patterns may be different; but use of natural and vegetable colors is common in all of these printing styles. Standing to be the birth place of Block Printing, Rajasthan has managed to carve a niche for itself in the world of handicrafts.
Due to the eco- friendly nature of these printing graphics, they are in great demand in India as well as outside India. Being skin-friendly these fabrics, especially garments worn by ladies are in huge demand and this increasing demand had given a boom to the Rajasthan Textile Industry, which is the source of Income of many families in under privileged areas.
These hand printed fabrics are available with cloth suppliers in the routine markets as well as online. People willing to shop online can search for websites of emporiums or stores to check out the variety.