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Chippa Lalchand

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Aakash Chippa(Son)

image Art Form:
Bagru Printing

image Shop Address:
Laxmi Nath Chowk, Bagru, Jaipur - 303007

image Award: National Award - 1999, National Merit Award - 2011

image Note:

Dabu is a mud-resist hand block printing practiced in Rajasthan. Bagru printing is a traditional craft of textile printing in which blocks made out of a light wood called 'Rorda' are used. A special community of block-makers make these blocks in Bagru as well as in Jaipur. Vegetable dyes are used in Bagru printing.

The speciality of Bagru is 'Dabu' printing where a paste made out of 'Mitti' (clay) is used to print on specially prepared cloth and then sawdust is sprinkled on it so that it sticks to the printed portion. Thereafter, the entire cloth is dyed, usually dark green, a combination of indigo dye (blue) and turmeric (yellow). The sawdust on the “mitti” or mud paste does not allow the colour to permeate the cloth. After dyeing, the cloth is washed and the 'mitti' is removed. To add colour to where the print was, the cloth is dyed again in another colour e.g. red. The background green colour changes slightly and the printed portion becomes red, creating a beautiful effect. This unique form of printing, though labour intensive, is environmentally non toxic.

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