Block Printing Skills
Block printing is my ancestral art. I grew up watching my elders do block printing by hand. I learned the art of block printing from my father. My father himself is a Shilp Guru awardee.
Block Printing Process
In block printing, first, the fabric on which the block printing is to be done is selected, then the blocks are selected according to the required designs and colors.
I use fabrics like cotton, mulmul, cambric, ghicha silk, kota silk, crepe silk, chanderi, and maheshwari. I buy cotton fabric from Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, and silk from Mumbai, Indore, Bangalore, and Delhi.
I use wooden blocks in printing. Red and black colors are mainly used. These colors are made naturally. The red color is made from alum (fitkari) and the black color is made from iron rust.
Hand block print sarees and suits are comfortable to wear and look very beautiful.
I specialize in making Bagh Hand Block Printed Sarees and Suits.
I have 7 years of experience in this field. My father and elder brother also support me in this craft.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have exhibited my products at Bagh Utsav in Bhopal and World Trade Centre, Mumbai. I have also displayed my products 2-3 times at Dilli Haat, New Delhi.
Training Programmes Conducted
Many visitors come to my place to learn the art of block printing. I have also trained many local people.
In the future, I want to promote this art more so that it does not become extinct. I want more and more people to buy hand block printing products so that more and more hand block printing artisans can be encouraged and they can make their living through this art.