Hand Block Printing on textiles refers to the technique by which carved wooden blocks covered with dye are repeatedly pressed along a length of cloth to create patterns. The beginnings of the art of ornamenting textile fabrics by the stamping or printing on of coloured designs are lost in antiquity.
Indigo Dyeing: The process of creating indigo block-prints starts with soaking indigo plant bundles. This helps extract the beautiful vibrant dye. Simultaneously, long cotton sheets are laid out to absorb the color.
Hand-carved wooden blocks are used for applying a wax resist to the cotton fabric. Once the fabric has been dyed, the areas with the wax application, continue to remain white and the rest of the sheet takes on the dynamic hues of lapis lazuli, cerulean and midnight, all originating from the exotic indigo plant.
Indigo hand-block prints look stunning on a variety of different cotton fabrics including cotton jacquard, khadi cotton, linen, handloom cotton and cotton checks.