The beautiful craft of hand block printing is both hypnotic and a study in patience and precision. The designs are etched on wooden blocks skilfully carved by artisans ; the blocks are then dipped into natural dyes to be stamped onto fabric to create prints using a vocabulary borrowed from nature.
I styled a piece from Jaypore’s Traditions Transformed initiative. ‘Traditions Transformed’ is a movement that endeavours to present India’s rich and varied craft traditions and techniques in updated translations. It is a new aesthetic; deeply rooted in India’s rich artistic heritage and storied crafts, definitively Indian but one that finds a place in the global landscape.
“Keepers of the craft, harbingers of change
Together we write a new story of all that will be and once was
And connecting the future with the past
In novel ways, in unexpected shapes, in fresh colors
Our traditions stand transformed”
Shot by Kavya Tangirala