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We think we know it all – how wrong can we be.

Bagru Printing –  Dabu Mud Resist

I’ve shared with you how the wooden blocks for block printing are created.

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Bagru block printing traditionally uses vegetable dye colors such as indigo/dabu (a mixture of mud resist dabu and indigo dip dyeing techniques) and harda (which is a yellow base color).

There was sawdust on the floor, and thickly spread on the tables where the fabric was stretched and pinned.

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The dye in this case was a mixture of old horse shoes and jaggery (unrefined brown sugar) which is ‘curing’ and it will become the mixture (iron solution) that when printing onto a fabric dyed with the golden harda color, will turn a warm black.  This is due to the chemical reaction between the naturally high tannin content in harda with the iron solution. I think it is also mixed with gum arabic.

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We handle our fabric so carefully but this amazing fabric goes through the most incredible process, laying in the baking sun in the dirt… makes me re-think things a little.

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The entire piece of cotton, sawdust and all is dipped into a prepared vat of indigo. The vat is 15 foot deep to accommodate the amount of cloth that can be dyed at one time.

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Preparing the Indigo.

Then unceremoniously its set in the sun to dry.

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Often the fabric is re-dyed to give it a darker appearance.

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And this is the result.

15 Comments

  1. Lou Ann says

    WOW, thanks for sharing this process with us. I never imagined how this fabric was dyed.
    I will appreciate this cloth from this day on.

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  2. Lorraine Hartley says

    Pam, what a fabulous description of dyeing.
    I really do enjoy this process ( all dying) of fabrics. I guess we cannot learn so much when it is their whole life of using and producing. Lucky you
    ENJOY. !!!!!

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  3. Kathy Chevalier says

    Wow so wonderful! I agree if people saw the process of making fabric there would be less coddling! I have seen how the batikers handle the fabric during the batiking, dying, drying, removing the wax, drying, rolling, quality controlled, rolled, folded and brought to your local store!

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  4. Linda says

    Wow! We just had a little trip to Nepal – wish I had of known where to go to see this!! We are heading back in December – any tips Pam?

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