At first, when the marketing was only till the district level, the block-type and print colours used to be as per caste, “Alag alag rang the, alag alag jaat ke.” (There were different colours for different castes). ”
There were four colours. Green and blue were for communities who are today known as Other Backward Classes (OBC). Red was for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC and ST). The yellow one used to be for the higher general communities.
Our natural dyes are made from pomegranate’s rind and onion’s leftovers, turmeric, phitkari (alum), and iron horseshoes.
Dabu printed fabrics display a subtle and uncommon beauty and depth which is appreciated around the world.
The craft of hand block printing is an ancient one which is said to have started in China. Throughout the years it moved out to India, with the state of Rajasthan pioneering into the most productive producer of hand block printed fabrics.
Fixings like mud, gum, lime and waste wheat refuse are mixed to make the mud resist glue which is then imprinted over specific parts of the design.