Updated: Jul 17
As we look forward to our international travels again, let's see what the exciting India Textile Tour (2021) has in store.
In my many years of travels and adventures through India, as well as my passion for textiles and crafts in general, I have put together a group tour that will take the traveler to destinations in India where processes like weaving, hand block printing, and dyeing of textiles can be experienced first hand.
So let us explore 5 fabulous things to look forward to on the tour.
Famous villages for hand block printing in Rajasthan
Hand block printing, a labor-intensive process that requires skill, time, and patience from the artisan. Each family of artisans has a collection of carved patterned teak-wood blocks which form the basis of what is known as their "wealth". These are soaked in oil overnight and then washed for use to print the designs on to textiles.
The textile to be printed is soaked in a solution of clay and other chemicals to soften and then dried in preparation for printing. The artisan will then systematically stamp the teak-wood blocks, which are dipped into a dye, onto the textile. After the printing process, the cloth is then left in the sun to dry and final touches will be applied. This art form is practiced in the following villages:
Bagru is a small, famous village known for its unmatchable age-old wooden block printing. This village has been responsible for making the well 'Bagru Print' a well known commercial brand in the textile trade.
Floral and block prints are a specialty of Sanganer. The area is also famous for its quality handmade paper.
On arrival in this village, you'll see artisans making beautiful textiles using natural colors.
The local villagers are very friendly and willingly interact with visitors.
Textile producing villages in Gujarat
Patan - Patola Sari
These saris are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to royal and aristocratic families. Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition and it is said to be taught to the sons in the family only. There are three families in Patan that weave these highly prized saris. It can take six months to one year to make one sari due to the long process of dying each strand separately before weaving them together.
Nirona Village - Rogan Artwork