Block printing has been around in India for a very long and attributed up to the Vedic period (1500 BC). India in general, Rajasthan and Gujarat in particular are known locally and globally for exclusive and exquisitely done hand block print clothing. An ancient tradition, block print clothing patterns and art forms have spawned into one of the richest cultural heritage. With several theories on its origin, block printing clothing has been around for several centuries now and occupies a significant place in the culture and history of India. In India, Rajasthan and Gujarat have always been celebrated as the homes of block printing with Sanganeri and Bagru fabric printing from Rajasthan well known for their artistic quality, exuberant and expressive printing as well as unique rich art forms that come from Rajasthan. They perfectly portray and capture the unique way of life as well as Rajasthan’s mesmerizing rich ancient and past cultural heritage. Rajasthan is a desert state and also one of the three culturally rich golden triangle destinations. Block printing was originally done on quality fabrics such as cotton due its ease of dying and drying but today with advanced dying techniques there are several synthetic and natural fabrics added like rayon, modal, jute, silk, and Chanderi among others.
All over India, Sanganeri and Bagru prints are quite resonant and popular for a lot of reasons but chiefly among them is quality depiction of daily life on colorful motifs, vivid artistic quality, unique design presentation and the capturing of rich ethnic cultural heritage. With splendid and extraordinary rich craftsmanship these traditions filled block printing techniques leave a lot of appreciation for their exclusive depiction of rich cultural heritage on fabric.
Different Types of Famous Block Printing Patterns In India
There are several printing types and patterns that bring a whole new look to clothing and render them irresistible in the eyes of the people as they tend to get enchanted by the intricate appearances and designs. Bagru or Sanganeri printing patterns and styles come to mind as they bear a long legacy of exclusive fine fabrics.
Bagru Block Prints
Famous not only in India but also around the world Bagru prints are propagated by the Raiger and Chippa community and are renowned for their vivid color expression and detail on dull backgrounds such as indigo and brown due to the Dhabu resist technique format of printing. Typically Bagru prints are done on indigo or dull shade backgrounds. They also replicate scenes, themes and motifs of traditional life like dance forms, abstract forms and other imaginatively crafted designs that inspire the experienced craftsmen and artisans.
Sanganeri Block Prints
Using clear white backgrounds Sanganeri block prints are sober tuned with fine lines and intricate detailing. Sanganeri printing techniques are vibrantly evident from the exquisite floral patterns. They are simply beautiful and carried out on richly vivid white backgrounds. Most Sanganeri prints depict traditional and natural motifs like nature, birds, plants, flowers as well as many other abstract clear prints.
However, there are also printing patterns from Gujarat and West Bengal. These high quality fabrics showcase richly printed patterns in products in rich colors like red, orange, pink, blue with such as block print kurtis and kurtas, bed sheets, upholstery, suit materials, diwan cloth, salwar kameez and many other products that make it worth the shopping. What is worthwhile about shopping for these traditional products is their rich variety in colors and appearance. Moreover, nowadays shoppers get to choose from a whole range of products at different price points suitable in their budget plan.
Why Block Print Clothing Is Still Culturally Significant?
Inspired Nature – in Sanganeri prints, the rich depictions of nature adds to their appeal and attraction. They are seen from a perspective of celebrating culture including that which surrounds us.
Celebrate Ancient Traditions – most of the motifs also celebrate, showcase and depict other elements of tradition like dance forms, dress forms as well as abstract objects.
Radiant, Exuberant and Expressive – given the rich loud colors used one can hardly ignore and overlook the pleasant attraction of good color matching and tones.
Affordable and Artistic – when placed in homes as decorative items, upholstery or adorned as traditional pieces of block printed clothing like kurtis and kurtas and other women’s traditional dress items they are aesthetically appealing and timelessly attractive.
Author Bio: – I was in love with fashion and textile since my childhood so, when I grew up I decided join a fashion industry as a content writer, Currently with Missprint. With my writing and blogs, I chronicle, note and express everything right from my inspirations to day dreams.