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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Phulkari – A Rich Heritage of Punjab


Ih phulkari meri maan ne kadhi, iss noo ghut ghut japhiyan paawan
(“My dear mother has embroidered this phulkari with her hands, I embrace it again and again with affection) These are lines from a traditional Punjabi song in which a woman is admiring her Phulkari dupatta. The woman had to to leave her parent’s house after getting married, and now she remembers her mother who has embroidered this dupatta for her wedding day.

We were in Punjab recently and have collected some Phulkari treasure made by rural women of Punjab.

The fabric that we’ve featured here are hand embroidered by ladies in Punjab. The embroidery on these fabrics is known as ‘Phulkari’ or ‘Phoolkari’ (dev nagri फुलकारी ) which means the art of making flowers.

Although, Phulkari is done over a thick cotton fabric, we have used pure silk fabrics for these sample pieces.  Keep visiting to know more about this art and while we write another blog post on Phulkari, please enjoy a wikipedia article about this art here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phulkari

Staircase Decoration at a Fabric Manufacturing Unit


We noticed this beautiful wall decoration at a fabric manufacturing unit. The company has square fabric pieces framed nicely arranged on the wall of staircases. All these frames display fabrics from different parts of India and include Banaras Pure Silk, Chanderi from Madhya Pradesh, Jacquard from Delhi and Cotton Block Prints from Jaipur.

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Hand block printed table covers – part of our summer collection


Vegetable dye – violet color preparation for block printing

Border of the table cover is being prepared

Border of the table cover is being prepared

Border of the table cover is being prepared

An unfinished hand block printed table cover in violet floral and geometrical print

An unfinished hand block printed table cover in violet floral and geometrical print

A hand block printed table cover in lavender and white

A hand block printed table cover in lavender and white

This is how we printed the border of the table cover

This is how we printed the border of the table cover

We used two different wooden stamps to print this cotton fabric

We used two different wooden stamps to print this cotton fabric

After the printing was done, all the fabric pieces were left for drying overnight.

Treating of the fabric after overnight drying

These are hand printed fabrics on cloth stand, left for drying

These are hand printed fabrics on cloth stand, left for drying.

#handblockprinted #tableclothes for #desicrafts #summercollection on #Etsy

These pictures are showing the whole process of making the gorgeous table covers for our home furnishing range.  After drying, hamming will be done to give the border a final finish and these pieces will be ironed and packed properly. These table covers will be available for order soon via our website. http://www.desicraftshop.com

Gold and Silver Metallic Block Print Organic Fabrics – Available for Order Now


New patterns of made to order golden block print fabrics. These patterns can be printed on order on silk, cotton fabrics and voile.

huge paisley block print gold and blue cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Deep Red Cotton Fabric
gold block print organic fabric
Indian Tribal Woman Gold Block Print on Emerald Green Cotton Fabric
huge paisley block print gold and red cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Deep Red Cotton Fabric
huge paisley block print gold and blue cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Royal Blue Cotton Fabric
huge paisley block print gold and red cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Deep Red Cotton Fabric
huge paisley block print gold and red cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Deep Red Cotton Fabric
huge paisley block print gold and blue cotton fabric
Huge Golden Paisley Block Print on Royal Blue Cotton Fabric
Hanukkah, Christmas snow flakes metalic print fabric
Christmas Snowflakes Print in Gold Over Emerald Green Cotton Fabric – Made to Order
Handmade Damask print cotton fabric
Christmas Chimes Print in Gold Over Emerald Green Cotton Fabric – Made to Order
Handmade Damask print cotton fabric
Small Damask Print in Gold Over Emerald Green Cotton Fabric – Made to Order
Fruity strawberry block print
Strawberry Fruit Print in Gold over Deep Red Cotton Fabric – Made to Order
Handmade fruity strwaberry block print cotton fabric
Strawberry Print in Gold over Emerald Green Cotton Fabric – Made to Order
Handmade Damask print cotton fabric
Damask Print Emerald Green Fabric in Gold Printing – Made to Order Fabric by Yard
Lovely damask print organic fabric with metallic print
Made to order Medallion Print in Gold Over Maroon Cotton Fabric
Handmade organic fabric by DesiCrafts
Damask Print Medallion Placement over Deep Red Cotton Fabric
Handmade organic fabric
Damask Print in Gold on Deep Red Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
Artistic Peacock – Traditional Peacock Print in Gold on Deep Red Cotton Fabric – Hand made in DesiCrafts
Geometrical Triangles Print in Gold on Emerald Green Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
Floral Print in Gold on Deep Red  Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
Floral Print in Gold on Deep Red Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
Rajasthan Paisley Print in Gold on Deep Red Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
Geometrical Floral Border Print in Gold –  Emerald Green Fabric
Geometrical Print in Gold on Royal Blue Cotton Fabric – Handmade in DesiCrafts Workshop
All these and more such patterns are made to order and are available on our website for order. Please e-mail us at info@desicraftshop.com to get in touch with us and place an order.