Jaipur Block Prints


Understanding Block Printing

The age-old craft of block printing has been part of our country’s heritage and culture forever. Oscillating between simplicity and maximalism, this century-old technique uses engraved wooden blocks to print various motifs on the fabric. The handcrafted prints and vibrant colours make block prints a good addition to your everyday wardrobe. 

Tracing the history and origin

Even though block printing has been practised in various states of India like Rajasthan, Gujrat, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, its origin can be traced back to ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, China and Egypt. The printing and dyeing of cotton fabric originated in Rajasthan and later was adapted by various other states. Jaipur, Bagru, Sanganer, Pali and Barmer are the major centres of block printing in Rajasthan. The intricate floral motifs that we see these days were introduced by the Mughals. Some other popular motifs are gods, goddesses, animals and birds. These motifs played a significant role in telling the tales of tribes and their daily lives. 

Breaking down the process

Step 1: Carving

A wooden block is carefully carved by the carvers who have mastered this for ages. 

Step 2: Printing 

The first block helps in defining the background and more details are added later by stamping the blocks one by one. 

Step 3: Dyeing and Drying

The fabric is then dyed and washed by hand multiple times to bring out the design.