The tradition of block printing is one that runs through the veins of Rajasthani artisans. It is a skill, a legacy even, that is passed on from father to son, mother to daughter. Textiles have been a long part of Indian history- up until the 18th century, Indian textile technology surpassed that of Europe’s. In ancient times, India traded with the China, Indonesia and the Roman empire. This trade route eventually spread across the world, and is still upheld today.
India is a vibrant country, and its vibrant ways are reflected in its fabrics. Not only does India have an extremely successful cotton industry (the second largest in the world!) , it also produces silk, jute, wool and man-made fabrics. Traditional practices are still upheld, with fabrics still being hand printed and dyed.
The truth is, we live in a technological world, with efficiency taking precedence over creativity, the human touch taking the fall. India, however, is the exception. Fabric is hand woven, dyed and printed. Block printing is an intricate art that only few master. This inspirational video showcases it.
Cover Image from Tuk & Tam
Video by West Elm
When one thinks of India, they think of spices, colour and traffic. Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, is a province that encompasses all that, and a whole lot more. Rich in history and culture, it is a place where the night air is filled with mystery and excitement. Its people possess talent and vibrance that emanates from their soul, through their eyes to their art. There is no place like it. We love you, Rajasthan.
Here are some pictures taken from our recent trips to Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur