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300 year old Bagru print tour in Bagru, Rajasthan

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Bagru, Rajasthan

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handicraft

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300 year old Bagru print tour in Bagru, Rajasthan

Bagru is a small village in Rajasthan on Jaipur-Ajmer road located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Jaipur. It's not for any palace or fort that Bagru is popular; it is the classic wooden block printing of Bagru which is considered unparalleled. The prints which are popularly known as 'Bagru Prints' make the village a crafts centre well known in Jaipur and in surrounding areas. These unique wooden printing techniques employ wooden blocks where the design is first engraved on the block which is further used to replicate the design on the preferred fabric. Apart from this, Bagru craft is also famous for its ecological consciousness and the use of traditional dyes. The brilliance of this age old craft, which is kept alive by the natives, makes Bagru a perfect tourist destination for those people who are crazy about textile printing. Read on to know more about Bagru and the textile printing that it is famous for.

Highlights
Bagru is popular for block or wooden printing. Commonly known as 'Bagru Prints', creating these designs involves an exclusive technique in which the preferred design is carved on a wooden block which is further used to reproduce the same design on the preferred fabric. The print patterns are known by the name, 'ajrakh'. The origin of this traditional craft can be dated back to three hundred years, thanks to the efforts of Chippa Mohalla, the craftsmen of Bagru who preserved it to avoid its untimely death. A walk along this specific area of the village would take you to almost three dozen families who work on this unique type of printing with blocks and dyes. These craftsmen, following the original tradition, wipe the cloth with fuller's earth and immerse it in turmeric water to provide the cloth with the customary cream colour. Following this, various designs are embossed on the fabric, with the help of natural dyes.

It is said that these people use simple and eco-friendly tools along with turmeric and natural and vegetable dyes to print the cloth. The craftsmen make blue colour from indigo, red colour from madder root, green from indigo mixed with pomegranate juice and yellow from turmeric. Excellent bed covers and other materials are manufactured by these villagers.

Activity

1. History of Bagru and Meeting with Local village people and see all the work that is being carried out in the village (almost every house is doing this task)
2. How Wooden Dye Cast are made and their types and designs. Creating your own Dye Cast.
3. Type of Natural dyes and their manufacturing process. (some part involves keeping dyes for a very long time but preparing, mixing as an example can be done)
4. Mastering the art of printing by hand

What's Included

Transportation between meeting place and Bagru Village. Snacks, Drinks and Vegetarian Meal during the experience. Cost of any colours, ingredients, blocks as part of the experience.

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