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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....