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How We Made It: Geo Print

How We Made It: Geo Print

     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...


Bagru Block Printing: A Brief History

Bagru Block Printing: A Brief History

     Bagru is a village located 32 km west of Jaipur, the capital City of Rajasthan. It has long been home to the Chippa Community, a caste dedicated to the art of hand block printing. It's clay rich soil and hot, arid climate have for four centuries provided it with the perfect conditions for its unique style of printing. Bagru printers use a technique called dabu in which a mixture of black clay, acacia gum, spoiled wheat flour, limestone, and cow pies is printed onto the fabric. The fabric can then be dyed and left in the sun to dry....