The Process of Hand Block Printing

One of the displays in the Anokhi Museum I was most impressed with was a sequence of waistcoats that showed the numerous steps involved in hand block printing & dying a textile. Stage one, the textile is treated with Chebulic Myroballan so the pastes & dyes will stick.

Stage 2, The textile is printed with a begar paste (alum) wherever a dark burgundy red is required.

Stage 3, A 2nd mordant paste (again with a temporary tint to guide the printer) is applied to the lighter red areas.

Stage 4, Horseshoes & molassas fermented into a sticky brown paste, oxidises to black when added.
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