Friday 22nd May- Traditional Indian Block Printing Workshop


Experience a more traditional and ancient form of Indian Block Printing during this workshop, taught and inspired by the real artisan printers in Rajasthan, Tess will pass on this knowledge and teach you how to print with large handled decorative and detailed printing blocks! Get a feel for a different style of printing to the small contemporary blocks we normally use, this style of textile printing opens up a world of repetitive patterns, multiple coloured prints and precision printing giving you a real chance to experience this famous and captivating form of Art without having to travel to India! It is suggested you have Block Printed before when attending this workshop,

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Friday 22nd May- Full Day Traditional Block Printing Workshop. 10am – 4:30pm The Studio, Middle Aston, Bicester OX25 5QL

This workshop will teach you how to print using a variety of large handled traditional Rajasthani wood blocks, explore our huge collection of multi coloured prints, repeat patterns, decorative boarders and geometric designs. We have been collecting our traditional printing blocks for several years now, many donated to us by families of printers in Jaipur and Bagru, others have been designs by ourselves inspired by our trips to India and hand carved for us by the Artisans in Jaipur. We hold a mixture of contemporary and traditional patterns for you to try.

During the morning you will learn techniques required to print with these larger blocks, testing out a mixture of designs and colours, getting a feel for the designs and confident with your printing onto Fabric and Paper. The afternoon will be spent printing a length of fabric, you can then choose whether you want to take your finished fabric home as it is, or leave it with us and we will sew it into either a Cushion Cover, Table Runner, Wall Hanging or a Fabric Lampshade.

All materials required are included in the price of the workshop including your final length of fabric, Tea, Coffee, Chai and Cake is also provided. Please bring a packed lunch with you. After booking you will receive an email confirmation and 2 weeks prior to the workshop we will send you details of the day and how to reach us.

A bit more info into Hand Block Prints..

Hand Block Printing is one of the most famous traditional Arts of Rajasthan, India. It was here when hand-block printed fabric reached its highest visual expression. Indians held expertise in the secrets of Natural Dyes and Mud resist printing (dabu) that other countries could not compete with. Block Printing has adapted over the last 2000 years and is now a very sought-after product in the 21st Century.

Hand Block Printed fabric is easily recognisable and can be found around the world. The detail, beauty and skill behind the finished product is what makes it so unique and desirable. Wooden printing blocks themselves have adapted through the years, the designs we sell are small wooden blocks making them easy and accessible for everyone to use, whereas traditional printing blocks still used in Rajasthan today are large heavy pieces of wood with a handle attached, always in beautiful intricate patterns!