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What are block prints?

Block prints are made on fabrics through printing by hand using wooden blocks with handles or grips. Motifs that are generally popular are that of flowers, fruits, trees, birds, Buta, Kalga, Bel and floral designs and geometrical shapes. Block Printing on fabrics is famous due to the detailed work on fabrics done at Sanganer and Bagru in Rajasthan. Nowadays it is also found in other parts of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

The essential component – the wood block

Wood Blocks are made commonly from wood like sycamore, plane or pear wood, though wood of other varieties also could be used. The thickness is expected to be at least two or three inches to guard against warping. Additional precaution is also taken by backing it with deal or pine strips. The block is made by creating tongues and grooves to fit in each other snugly and gluing under pressure to make it seem like a homogeneous block. This block is smooth planed and the printing surface is smooth and flat. The design to be incorporated is etched out after applying lamp black and oil on the design and transferring it to the block surface. To achieve fine clear edges of the design the outline of the design on the block is coloured and then the etching is done.

Metal copper pieces are wedged into the hollowed out design on the block to prevent caving in of pieces or edges becoming blunt due to the block used continuously with reasonably applied pressure over the laid out fabric.

Sometimes coppering is also done by heating the block with the copper strips inside and then removed when the block gets cold. The resulting block would have extremely fine edges and detailing as a single piece of wood. This is the only method by which extremely fine detailed designs are transferred to the fabric. Since block prints require prints to be made in varied colours there are several blocks of different designs kept in readiness. Blocks are dipped in finely mixed colour dye baths and pressed upon the fabric and a slight tap is made before removing it so that the print is uniform.

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