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CRAFTS OF INDIA / BAGH / MOTIFS
BAGH
Traditional motifs used

1.Nandana or mango, 2.Tendu plant, 3.Mung Ki Phali motif , 4.Khirali Keri, 5.Leheria, 6.Jowaria, 7.Phool Boota

This craft gives great flexibility for developing innumerable surface designs through permutations and combinations of borders, Booti(motif) and Jaal (floral net) blocks.

Special blocks for Bagh

The craftsmen only use teak wood. Teak provides the perfect base for carving intricate motifs as it is a dense and strong wood. It doesn’t absorb water or distort in shape even after years of usage. For finer carving and finishes they use a variety of chisels of varying shapes and sizes. These tools are also handmade by them according to their requirements. Once prepared, the blocks are immersed in oil for a few days to protect them against warping and insect attacks. This is important since the block is going to be in constant touch with water-based dyes, which make them more vulnerable to decay. Wooden blocks range from as small as an inch to as large as sixteen inches in size. While a basic block (3’ to 4’ across) takes a day or two to be made today, an intricate one may take almost a week’s work.

The Bagh specialty

Apart from the silent harmony that the motifs evoke, the prints have a distinctive loveliness which mimic the best and most sophisticated screen printed fabrics. Also the Bagh textiles are extremely soft which is attributed to the repeated washes they get in the Bagh river.

The overseas response to Bagh

In Greece, people were fascinated with the print. Exhibitions were also held in Korea and other countries abroad to be received overwhelmingly.