Monday, November 16, 2009

Prints from Sanganeer

The block printed textiles of Sanganer became famous in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe, when the East India Company began to export them in bulk. Today, there are over 154 block printing units in Sanganer, and these employ around 20,000 people. There are around 3000 families engaged in this Rajasthani craft.

Colors have special significance in Sanganer and Bagru prints. For instance, red is the color of love, yellow of spring, indigo of Lord Krishna, and saffron of the yogi (seer). The wooden blocks that are used are made of teak wood. And traditionally, vegetable dyes made of madder, pomegranate rind, indigo, and turmeric are used.

Some photographs of hand-block printing for dāram garments at Sanganer :


  1. I like the black printed but those one is the best for me.

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  2. Amazing.. seriously we undervalue these artisans a lot..and I must say great thanks to you for sharing.
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