As the aromas of dyes, mud, and fabric dance together they invent a scent which tempt you to never leave and tempts me to whisper about its creation to the world. This is Bagru.
Textile traditions have been seeded in India since the great Harappa civilization. Indian craft of block printing rightfully claims the credit for this universal knowledge. Our ancestors might have come to invent the art so that they could repeat a pattern, but they just did not stop there, they kept on reinventing it till we had countless variations of it defined by the usage of colors, motifs, region etc.
The region Bagru, a small village near Jaipur (city of victors) describes one such variation as Dabu mud resist block printing. Chippas (community of printers) have kept this craft alive with the help of the royal patronage of Jaipur. While much has changed the print skill followed and the color palette of deep red (begar), indigo-blue, green, iron-black (syahi) and marigold yellow remains the same.
Be it floral or geometric, all sorts of motifs are hand-blocked on the fabric, in a multifaceted process. Clay is specially prepared from locally available mud. It is blocked onto the textile at different stages and acts as a resistant to safeguard and retain the base color from additional dye dips.