Print Off the Block—A Textile Trail in Jaipur

Break away to Jaipur, where golden sands, indigo skies and crimson forts find an echo in its traditional fabrics. A city that turned pink in honour of Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II is associated with a riot of other colours, too, thanks to its beautiful textiles and age-old printing techniques. Lose yourself in breathtakingly beautiful Indigo, Bagru and Sanganeri block prints, so reminiscent of the colourful Rajasthan.

This walk includes meeting a traditional block maker and printer who will provide us a peek into his collection of exquisite brass blocks and hand blocks. For the participants, this will be an introduction to the age-old technique of block printing and its painstaking production process. The participants will also visit the home studio of a designer showcasing exquisite gota-patti and aari work (a form of hand embroidery and embellishment on decorative textiles and wedding clothes).

Another highlight of the walk will be meeting a self-taught artist, whose journey began with the creation of a Srinath-ji on canvas, only to replicate for himself what had impacted him so intensely—his visit to the famous Nathdwara temple in Udaipur. He will talk about his innovative approach which unites the texture of oil to embellishing each canvas with  kasab,  dabka, zardozi, upping it with semi-precious  kundan  jewellery, silver plates and real gold; each of his Srinath-jis  speak of the artist's in-depth knowledge of the pushti marg cult, his passion and his creativity.

 

This guided tour is free. 


Sonal Chitranshi
Walk Leader
Three years at NIFT, Gandhinagar, and the wide exposure to craft and textile strengthened and deepened Sonal Chitranshi’s affinity for handicraft. Destiny brought her to Rajasthan and she has lived, explored and worked in Jaipur since 2003. Jaipur taught her the beautiful art of hand block printing.

She is the founder of Soul Roots, a venture that develops garments, accessories, soft home furnishings and textiles. She will be conducting this textile walk in association with Breakaway