Jaipur and having fun with mud

Hello! I promised last time to show you what I made with mud and indigo…


read more about it after the jump

So last week I explained how the mud-resist and indigo dye works in the town of Bagru, Jaipur. We then got to create a scarf of our own using the same techniques and our choice of wooden blocks. We were first given a length of fabric to practice on using the blocks and mud mix. Then after we had perfected – more or less – the art of getting the right amount of mud on the block and the right amount of pressure to print, we tried our new-founded skill on a cotton scarf.

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A sprinkling of sawdust to absorb any extra liquid and then time to dry in the sun before dipping it in the indigo vat.


Then a further dry under the hot Indian sun before the fabric is washed off in a bath of water and alum – a chemical compound used as a colour fixative – which removes the mud, sawdust and extra indigo dye.

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my scarf looking all clean and fresh after its alum bath. Can’t wait to wear it!

photography by Megan Smith

4 thoughts on “Jaipur and having fun with mud


    Loved this post on your Indigo/block printing process. I was in Jaipur in January traveling with a friend around Rajasthan. Visited the Anokhi Museum where we spent a couple of hours appreciating the block printing history. I make my own stamping blocks for small printing projects at home. Hope to return to India to learn block printing at some point!

    1. Megan Post author

      Hi Cindy. The Anokhi Museum was a highlight for me too. It’s really special to see an ancient art still alive and given the respect it deserves. I hope you get to go back to the Pink City one day soon!


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