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