The geo print was made using a traditional technique common in Bagru called "dabu" or mud resist. The technique gives printed areas of the fabric a crackled texture, making every inch of the fabric unique. Dabu printing is a lengthy process that first requires mixing a combination of clay rich soil, limestone, and concrete. Artisans in the village of Bagru get up at sunrise every morning and mix the dabu by stomping on it with their feet. After the dabu is mixed it is sifted through cloth to remove any lumps.
The refined mixture is stored all day for use in the printing workshop. To start off the geo print, we first block printed dabu onto un-dyed linen as shown below. Saw dust is sifted onto the wet dabu to avoid any smudges when moving the fabric.
The resisted fabric is then dipped into dye. For the turquise/indigo colorway, we dipped the fabric in a natural indigo vat. The parts of the fabric that were left white turned a deep shade of blue and the resisted parts were left almost white after washing except for a slight crackled effect.
For the the pink/red colorway, we used an eco friendly synthetic dye to give the unprinted areas a deep red color.
After all of the mud resist was washed out the fabrics were over dyed to fill in the white areas. The indigo was dyed in turquoise and the red was dyed in a rosy shade of pink. The fabrics were then laid out in the field to dry.
And that's how we got this!