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Jaipur and hand block printing


Allow your imagination to wander a little as we travel to a dimly-lit, moody printing factory in the back streets of Jaipur. Dust motes drift through the air and long tables, draped in a vibrant magenta fabric, stretch across the length of the space. The muted sound of the systematic thump and whack provides the coordinated background beat that the factory workers move to as they efficiently shift between the rows of printing tables. We are in no ordinary printing factory. We are in a block printing factory… a hand block printing factory. Literally. Each motif, each layer of attentively placed colour, is done by hand. Many hands, many hours of work. All to produce the most exquisite traditional prints that are one of the customary arts of the Rajasthan region.

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