Elaborate process of the Bagh Printed sarees

Bagh Prints were initially made on handloom cotton fabrics. Looking to the successful outcome Bagh was also tried out on tussar silk and crepe to the same end. The Bagh process seems simple but is quite elaborate and with a lot of washes for the fabric.

The fabric is soaked overnight in water and dried. Next a paste of goat droppings, raw salt, castor oil and water is made and the fabric is put in it, stamped upon till it is completely soaked. The fabric is laid out on a layered slope surface so that the water runs down and it dries. Again washed by water it is ready to be printed upon. A wooden tray with a bamboo ‘Jaali’ fitted has red and black paste applied on it. Layers of thick wet cloth placed on these colors soak them up. The block is dipped in the colors and placed lightly on the stretched out fabric on a flat surface like a smooth stone slab table with seven layers of jute on it.

Printing of the designs done similarly across the length of the fabric, the sari is dried and kept aside for some days. Then it is washed in the nearby flowing Baghini river, dried, put in a cauldron containing a mix of Dhawadi flowers, Alzarin, and Tapai and dried one last time. The Bagh Printed fabric is complete.

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