Batik Printing by Artisan Tutu Sengupta from Maharashtra, India (State Awardee)
Hi! I am Tutu Sengupta, a Batik printing artisan.
How I Learned the Craft
A few years after completing my matriculation, I started learning machine knitting. There I saw girls making batik paintings. I was very impressed to see them doing this creative work. I became very eager to learn this art form.
Once, I was making batik painting outside my house, a bank manager saw me doing this. He liked my work and approved a loan of Rs. 25000. With this, I started my business in 1984 with my brother. I was married in 1991, and I shifted to Mumbai. I started making batik and tie and dye products in Mumbai. I started selling these products and eventually, my business started growing. Currently, my products are supplied all over India and abroad.
How I Make the Craft
I make batik products using beeswax and paraffin wax. I make different designs myself for my products. First, I make stencils of my designs on paper and then print them on the fabric. I paint on cotton cloth, raw silk, and pure silk. I make different colors using different materials like brenthol, color salt, caustic soda, etc.
I love doing batik printing and I can make different designs in it.
I have 37 years of experience. I have also worked with many fashion designers in this field.
I was awarded the District Award and State Award in 1989 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Training Programmes Conducted
I have trained many students under the ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ program organized by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). About 500 students have learned from me. Some of them are also earning their livelihood from this work.
Please browse my product catalog and contact me to discuss your needs and place your order.