Production Clusters

Jodhpur district: Pipad Salawas Pali district: Pali Products Jaajam-large bedsheets Odhni-veils Ghaghra-skirts Gadde ka khol mattress covers


Traditional Dabu products includes lehenga (long skirt) and odhni (long fabric often draped to cover the head and chest). Today a variety of home furnishings, garments, yardage, and accessories are made using this technique. Innovations This technique has a slowly and steadily growing fan following that has encouraged artisans to develop contemporary motifs, a variety in placements and interesting colour ways. We can often see geometric waves and pop culture graphics adorning these fabrics today. The Indian saree & salwar kameez have benefited the most as fine canvas for various types of prints including the unique Dabu style of block printing.

Production steps in local terminology

1. Scouring (Pre processing of fabric before printing) locally called “Hari Sarana”

2. Tanning or preparing fabric for printing locally called “Peela Karna” or Harda Rangai.

3. Printing with mordant salts locally called “Chapai”.

4. Drying of printed fabric or Ageing before dyeing the fabric in natural dye locally called “Sukhai”.

5. Washing or removal of excess mordant before dyeing locally called “Khulai”.

6. Dyeing or fixing of colours after washing locally called “Rangai”.

7. Resist Printing or mud clay printing locally called “Dabu Datai”.

8. Dyeing with blue colour locally called “Neel Rangai”.

9. Dyeing with yellow dye locally called “Haldi Naspal Putai”.

10. Post mordant or fixing of yellow dye locally called “Fitkari Rangai”.

11. Final washing locally called “Dhulai” to get rid of all the excess dye and resist paste.