The handblock printing story
In an era full of machines to guide our way & make our lives easier, why would someone choose labor capital instead of a machine? Machines are cost-efficient, enable mass production & are time efficient as well then why go for handmade products?
The essence of the answer is something different. A person would still choose a handmade product because of the warmth it has & the intricate details that the artists have embedded in it. No machine-made product can match this feeling of belongingness, no matter how trendy it is.
That being the main reason why people opt for handmade products. It is also about preserving our culture. We are gifted with a rich culture of art that fascinates the world. In every nook & corner of our country lies unrecognized talent. Every village has its specialty in the products they sell.
The culture of block printing is very old in India. Every state has s different pattern of designs, most of which depict a story. The methods of printing are different in different regions, but in general, there are 3 methods around which the process revolves:
The direct bleaching system in this technique, the cloth is primarily bleached & then dyed. Performed mainly on cotton or silk cloth. The beauty of the fabric is then enhanced by using wooden pieces to carve out various designs on the fabric. Just like elementary painting lessons, first, you paint the outline & then your fill in the colors. The same is practiced in this technique as well.
Only if we would actually resist the products. This technique works the other way round. Instead of dying the fabric directly, it involves covering the parts of fabric which aren’t supposed to be dyed & then dying the entire fabric. The areas are protected with clay & resin. The dye creates a rippled effect. Block prints are used to create further designs.
The direct dye in this technique, the fabric is first dyed. Next chemicals are used to remove dye from the portions which are later replaced by some other designs.
At Chapai, we have artisans from different regions who have been perfecting the art over generations & thus we use different techniques for different fabrics as per the style pattern. Be it any technique, the process is 100% genuine with hand block