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About Hand Block Printing

The origins of hand block printing is often pondered over as there is no definitive evidence placing it in a specific era. It is believed though that the earliest forms of hand block printing would have happened with stones and wood cut into desired shapes. Today, the whole art of hand block printing has evolved and given rise to so many styles along with opening a multitude of employment opportunities. A typical and highly popular process of hand block printing would first require the carving of intricate designs on wooden blocks which will then be used as stamps to print on fabrics. Dyes used in this style of printing are typically plant based and mineral based dyes. There are three styles of printing when it comes to hand block printing. The first, Discharge Printing, is done by dyeing the fabric with a desired colour and based on designs and patterns, chlorine or other colour destroying chemicals are used to render a white pattern on the fabric. Second, there is Direct Block Printing, which involves the process of wooden block design stamps used to print patterns on the fabric. Finally there is a style of printing called Resist Printing. In this style, the design is printed with wax or resin and the whole fabric is dyed. Due to the presence of wax or resin, the colour does not seep into the design areas. When washed, the wax or resin is removed and the final product is ready.

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