Rajasthan's Bagru printing needs to be revived

Bagru village, situated on the Jaipur-Ajmer road, is a home for the Raiger and Chhipa community who have preserved their traditional arts for over 100 years now.

Shining amidst the country's textile treasures as 'Bagru' print, the block printing native to this village uses dyes that are eco-friendly in nature. Not just the handcraft but the source of obtaining raw materials is equally captivating.

Holding high a tradition that dates back to three centuries ago, the dyes are prepared from vegetables and fruits; like yellow is made out of turmeric, blue from indigo and red out of madder root.

The craftsmen first rub fuller's earth on the entire piece of cloth and then, dip it into turmeric water.

After the fabric gets the usual cream colour, it is adorned with natural shades using wooden block prints. Almost all the homes encapsulated in Bagru are engaged in the conventional methods of dyeing and printing.

In some families, all the members are indulged in the same artistry producing one of the best textiles in the world. Given the dedication of the artisans, the Bagru print has thrived and hence managed to attract patrons from not just the country but across the globe.

Amongst other techniques, the print called 'Dabu' is a highlight. If you spot the working artists, we are sure that you would want to do it yourself! I request you and the editorial board to kindly assign a journalist to further pursue this story in detail.

Moreover, it will add light to issues related to problems faced by the artisans working in the Indian cottage industry sector.

I am certain that the campaigning for this projects’ funds will gain traction from all people interested in traditional Indian art and culture, people involved directly or indirectly with the local cottage industries and sensitive towards protecting their rights in addition private incubation centres and organizations would be interested to know more about the start-up culture in the in house industry segment.