Block Printing
Textile Traditions of India

Yardage. Block-printing on cotton in vegetable dyes. 302 cm x 84 cm. Rajasthan. c. 19th century. 19/85.

This type of block-printed and mordant and resist-dyed fine cotton yardage was used as material for women’s garments and hand printed by the community of Chhipas traditionally engaged in the task.

Its pattern comprises a diaper of floral butis, each a graceful flowering plant with separated leaves and flowers of different colours and species — a tradition commonly seen in Mughal designs.

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