Discount on All Purchases – Enjoy Sale Entire October


We don’t offer discounts on our website – this is a common complaint from our buyers.

We heard you and so we have decided to introduce a discount offer for entire October month on all products. There are absolutely NO MINIMUMS required. Buy as much (or as little) as you want.

Click here to know more about the offer.

 

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Wooden Block for Textile Printing – Care and Storage


Are you one of those DIY lovers who just love creating impressions on fabrics, paper, or any other surface using wooden stamps? We have got a step by step process for you to keep them safe. This post covers:

1. Composition of wooden blocks

2. Making

3. Post printing care

Wooden blocks after fabric printing

Wooden blocks after fabric printing

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Behind the Scene: Indigo Shibori in Making


Latest from DesiCrafts workshop – Indigo shibori hand dyed fabrics were made. Planning to use them and many others for making new pillow covers for our pillow section.

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts

Very soon you will witness pillow covers made of these beautiful hand dyed fabric pieces.

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts – Assorted set of Indigo dyed fabris

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts - Assorted set of Indigo dyed fabris

Hand dyed Indigo Shibori by DesiCrafts – Assorted set of Indigo dyed fabris

The Killing of River Luni


As published in Tehelka Magazine, Volume 9 Issue 35, Dated August 27, 2012. Reports Tehelka jouranist Prakhar Jain

A Rs 5,000 crore textile industry is leaching a desert river in Marwar with chemicals, even as the ground water for villagers plummets.

 

The color of the river Luni has turned Blue due to contamination that is mostly Indigo dye

In the desert town of Balotra, around 110 km from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the dry bed of river Luni looks like a bluish-green carpet that stretches beyond the horizon. However, the greenery is not because of vegetation or trees, it is caused by the dyes and chemicals that are discharged from the textile-processing hub located in the region.

 

RIver Luni in Rajasthan is dying a slow death due to pollution done by local textile industry

The town of Balotra, In Rajasthan’s Barmer district, is known for its textile industry that is engaged in processing the fabric used in making gowns, petticoats and lining material for thin clothes. The units supply textiles across India and to many west-African and neighbouring countries of India. The industry processes more than 1,800 million metres of cloth every year. But over the past few years, the town is gaining notoriety for the coloured riverbed of Luni.
According to the people of the town, the river last flowed with natural rainwater in the 1990s. After that, because of successive droughts, it has never seen any water apart from the effluents discharged in it by the textile units of the town.

River Luni originates in the Pushkar valley of the Aravalli Range, near Ajmer, where it is known as Sagarmati. It then flows southwest, to the Marwar region, entering a patch of desert, before disappearing into the marshes of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

 

Textile manufacturing in process in Rajasthan.

Bleeding chemistry (L to R) A worker pours dye for printing; laying out the dyed fabric to dry; water, treated in the CETPS, is still stained with dye

Elders of Balotra remember farmers growing crops on the banks of the river using tube-wells. Narayan Chelaji (44), a farmer, says, “We used to grow wheat and bajra in our farms, but the water level has gone down, from 20 ft in the past to more than 200 ft. Now, we are dependent on the seasonal rains for whatever little we want to cultivate. Else, nothing grows here.”

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How to Make a Reddit 404 Pillow Cover Using Batik Print Technique


An elaborated 7 steps tutorial by DesiCrafts  on how to DIY Reddit Snoo pillow cover. To read full tutorial, please visit: DesiCrafts blog The Culture Central

Reddit DIY Pillow Cover by DesiCrafts

How to make Reddit alien ‘Snoo’ pillow cover using Batik or Wax printing technique – a tutorial by DesiCrafts

Hand block printing process

My Hand Block Printing Adventures 101


I have been printing a lot lately. For me crafting, block printing and creating something beautiful is more than just a hobby. For me it is mediation and I feel so relaxed and energetic after making something related fabrics and printing.
I have been printing for couple of days now. I have made many beautiful fabrics and garments for kids in the extended family. Here are few of my new creations:

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Apple Green hand block print pattern made using a wooden block by DesiCrafts

Hand block printed fabric made using Indian Tree pattern wooden stamp

To print this, DesiCrafts used dark Green and Yellow Dye and made this lovely Apple Green dye. Isn't it beautiful?

This is the bag I have made using wooden stamp in Tree pattern as shown above. To print this, I used dark Green and Yellow Dye and made this lovely Apple Green dye. Isn’t it beautiful?

Apple Green color Elephant looks so pretty :)

This is an elephant wooden stamp a client gifted us when she was visiting DesiCrafts office in India

The favor bag in Apple Green elephants pattern  by DesiCrafts

The favor bag in Apple Green elephants pattern

Another Geometric pattern in Apple Green. I know many of them have not seen this one before. Yes, this is a new pattern by DesiCrafts

Another Geometric pattern in Apple Green. I know many of them have not seen this one before. Yes, this is a new pattern.

The bag made using Apple Green geometric circle wooden stamp by DesiCrafts

The bag printed using Apple Green geometric circle wooden stamp

These bags are available for purchase (and for bulk / custom order in your choice of color too) at my website www.desicraftshop.com or go to website’s bags and purses category here : http://www.desicraftshop.com/collections/bags-and-purses