Beginning 2015, Our Journey resembles a treasure hunt across Rajasthan !

En-route the journey, we found clues, met guides & discovered villages in our quest to understand the nuances of traditional block printing. We listened to stories and memories of master printers and dyers. These interactions revealed to us an invisible thread knitting Indian communities, cultures, believes & skills, and the Jajam embodied them all as a ‘Community textile’. How beautiful that a Jajam opens up it’s generous heart and welcomes people from all sections.

We wonder where are today’s Jajam?

Are community spaces disappearing in Urban life?

Beginning 2015, Our Journey resembles a treasure hunt across Rajasthan !

En-route the journey, we found clues, met guides & discovered villages in our quest to understand the nuances of traditional block printing. We listened to stories and memories of master printers and dyers. These interactions revealed to us an invisible thread knitting Indian communities, cultures, believes & skills, and the Jajam embodied them all as a ‘Community textile’. How beautiful that a Jajam opens up it’s generous heart and welcomes people from all sections.

We wonder where are today’s Jajam?

Are community spaces disappearing in Urban life?

Beginning 2015, Our Journey resembles a treasure hunt across Rajasthan !

En-route the journey, we found clues, met guides & discovered villages in our quest to understand the nuances of traditional block printing. We listened to stories and memories of master printers and dyers. These interactions revealed to us an invisible thread knitting Indian communities, cultures, believes & skills, and the Jajam embodied them all as a ‘Community textile’. How beautiful that a Jajam opens up it’s generous heart and welcomes people from all sections.

We wonder where are today’s Jajam?

Are community spaces disappearing in Urban life?

The wish to make. One. Many.

The threads of Jajam beautifully weave together wisdom gained across generations. It transcends the boundary of a textile and emerges as a unifying agent in the celebration of togetherness. At our Bagru workshop, as young designers, we strive to adapt these vocabularies of Jajam motifs to recreate it in its traditional aesthetics and further make contemporary apparel and home furnishings. In our heart of hearts we hope the concept of coming together is revisited in today’s digital age.

On-going Research

During our research, we could trace the roots of Jajam to various parts of Rajasthan. Striking cultural similarities led Jajam prints to surface at Barmer region of Western Rajasthan. Further east, we reached Bundi region, popular for resplendent Jajam with local floral and wildlife motifs. We also found printing hotspots in Ajmer region of central Rajasthan. As the seat of Rajputs, Shekhawati emerged as a land of dedicated Jajam patrons.

Our immense faith in interacting with communities, is leading us cheerfully to these regions. We believe in documenting these facts, stories, memories and passing it on to other Jajam enthusiasts. This along with exhibition of craftsmen skills & their labor of love is the best way forward.

This research activity is merely the tip of the iceberg. Interested in exploring community living, listening to unheard stories, travel interiors of Rajasthan?

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This research activity is merely the tip of the iceberg. Interested in exploring community living, listening to unheard stories, travel interiors of Rajasthan? Join Us

Artisans

A craftsman translates designs in his mind by impeccable hand-eye coordination. Jajam is an outcome of the invaluable contribution of several craftspeople across Rajasthan. Amongst the myriad of craftsmen, below is a assemblage of block printers and makers helped us rediscover this art form.

Purushottam Chippa
Jahota, Jaipur District

Purushottamji is a master printer based at Badagaon village, a region earlier renowned for Jajam Prints. His Jajam prints and Sodiya has garnered him recognition. He vividly remembers his forefathers selling printed Jajam at Hatwada, a weekly bazaar in Jaipur. On our request, Purushottomji’s family printed us traditional Jajam in great enthusiasm.

Purushottam Chippa
Jahota, Jaipur District

Purushottamji is a master printer based at Badagaon village, a region earlier renowned for Jajam Prints. His Jajam prints and Sodiya has garnered him recognition. He vividly remembers his forefathers selling printed Jajam at Hatwada, a weekly bazaar in Jaipur. On our request, Purushottomji’s family printed us traditional Jajam in great enthusiasm.

Nandkishore Nagar
Masuda, Ajmer District

Nandkishore Nagar envisaged a new product line although Jajam printing was not his ancestral work. He innovated with designs and sizes(bedsheets) and showcased them in craft exhibitions. Nagarji’s Wife gave unwavering support in keeping his now defunct printing workshop alive. He is now caretaker at a community temple at Pushkar.

Nandkishore Nagar
Masuda, Ajmer District

Nandkishore Nagar envisaged a new product line although Jajam printing was not his ancestral work. He innovated with designs and sizes(bedsheets) and showcased them in craft exhibitions. Nagarji’s Wife gave unwavering support in keeping his now defunct printing workshop alive. He is now caretaker at a community temple at Pushkar.

Krishna Gopal Chippa
Shree nagar, Ajmer District

Brought up in a family of households, Krishnagopalji learnt the craft while assisting his father. He pursued printing and carried forward the legacy of his family.He mainly catered to local market and demand. Today he spends his retired life reminiscing his eventful printing days.

Krishna Gopal Chippa
Shree nagar, Ajmer District

Brought up in a family of households, Krishnagopalji learnt the craft while assisting his father. He pursued printing and carried forward the legacy of his family.He mainly catered to local market and demand. Today he spends his retired life reminiscing his eventful printing days.

Chagganlal Khatri
Samdari, Barmer District

To counter dwindling demand, printer Chagganlal Khatri took commissioned Jajam work for ritualistic purposes catering to local demand. Khatri switched to chemical dyes from traditional natural colors. Currently, he is the only printer who exclusively prints Jajam.

Chagganlal Khatri
Samdari, Barmer District

To counter dwindling demand, printer Chagganlal Khatri took commissioned Jajam work for ritualistic purposes catering to local demand. Khatri switched to chemical dyes from traditional natural colors. Currently, he is the only printer who exclusively prints Jajam.

Ramdayal Chippa
Jotayan, Ajmer District

An energetic person, he mainly printed Sodiyas. To overcome the dearth of carvers in village outskirts, he acquired multiple skills and turned a block carver-cum-printer. His wife assisted him in meeting his deadlines throughout his printing journey. Withdrawing from printing, today they overlook their farmland and children in their ancestral village.

Ramdayal Chippa
Jotayan, Ajmer District

An energetic person, he mainly printed Sodiyas. To overcome the dearth of carvers in village outskirts, he acquired multiple skills and turned a block carver-cum-printer. His wife assisted him in meeting his deadlines throughout his printing journey. Withdrawing from printing, today they overlook their farmland and children in their ancestral village.

Rashid Ahmed
Jaipur, Jaipur District

Rashid Bhai is equipped with a rare skill of filling Namda (sheep wool) inside wooden blocks. He delicately filled wool in our newer blocks enabling it to absorb dyes uniformly. Despite old age, his sensitised palms and sharp eyes enthuse him to fill blocks at his house.

Rashid Ahmed
Jaipur, Jaipur District

Rashid Bhai is equipped with a rare skill of filling Namda (sheep wool) inside wooden blocks. He delicately filled wool in our newer blocks enabling it to absorb dyes uniformly. Despite old age, his sensitised palms and sharp eyes enthuse him to fill blocks at his house.

Abdul Sattar
Jaipur, Jaipur District

Sattar Bhai of kharadi community is a resourceful craftsman with diverse collection of Jajam blueprints. He is a classical old wise man who believes in sharing his skill and knowledge of the craft. Our Journey would have been incomplete without his poise & patience as we explored his treasure.

Abdul Sattar
Jaipur, Jaipur District

Sattar Bhai of kharadi community is a resourceful craftsman with diverse collection of Jajam blueprints. He is a classical old wise man who believes in sharing his skill and knowledge of the craft. Our Journey would have been incomplete without his poise & patience as we explored his treasure.

Nathulal Chippa
Bagru, Jaipur District

As someone who shared our vision of the craft, Nathulalji was the first printer at our workshop. He helped us recreate some of our earliest Jajam in traditional form. He continues printing variety of products to showcase at craft exhibitions across the country.

Nathulal Chippa
Bagru, Jaipur District

As someone who shared our vision of the craft, Nathulalji was the first printer at our workshop. He helped us recreate some of our earliest Jajam in traditional form. He continues printing variety of products to showcase at craft exhibitions across the country.

Seduram Chippa
Bagru, Jaipur District

Seduram Chippa learnt block printing from his father at a tender age of 7. An explorer at heart, he gained proficiency in farad printing, gold and silver printing. Our first sampling under his aegis encouraged us to kickstart our own workshop. Aged 75, he now works as a freelance consultant-cum-trainer and is revered for his proficiency in the craft.

Seduram Chippa
Bagru, Jaipur District

Seduram Chippa learnt block printing from his father at a tender age of 7. An explorer at heart, he gained proficiency in farad printing, gold and silver printing. Our first sampling under his aegis encouraged us to kickstart our own workshop. Aged 75, he now works as a freelance consultant-cum-trainer and is revered for his proficiency in the craft.

Ramswaroop Chippa
Jairampura, Jaipur District

Ramswaroop Chippa imbibed printing skills by inheritance from his gifted father Devi Sahay Chippa. He reminiscences his childhood days spent helping his father sell his Jajam at Jaipur’s weekly bazaar. Today, he continues printing in the same ancestral workspace, albeit with chemical dyes.

Ramswaroop Chippa
Jairampura, Jaipur District

Ramswaroop Chippa imbibed printing skills by inheritance from his gifted father Devi Sahay Chippa. He reminiscences his childhood days spent helping his father sell his Jajam at Jaipur’s weekly bazaar. Today, he continues printing in the same ancestral workspace, albeit with chemical dyes.