Block Print

Block printing originated from China. Chinese were the firsts to amalgamate the art of printing through wooden block onto paper and fabric, the earliest woodblock printed fragments to survive till now are from China and are of silk, printed with flowers in three colors from Han Dynasty (before AD 220).

The artisans first create an exquisite design sketch on paper and then it is carved out on a wooden block. Ink or dye is applied on the carved surface of the wooden block, it is then stamped on the fabric leaving a beautiful print. Typically, block printing is done by hand so the ink stays on the surface leaving a raised texture on the fabric.

If the pattern contains several colors the cloth is usually first printed throughout with one, then dried, re-wound and printed with the second, the same operations being repeated until all the colors are printed. This unique and antique technique of printing on textiles exists till date as one of the most common artwork on clothing.

Block printing provides a differentially and meaning to every article as it is completely hand done. Although, it’s the simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing as it is done by hand but it is  capable of yielding highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.