Natural Dye 2018-05-27T11:17:39+00:00

DYE NATURALLY

Natural dye workshop

The exceptional proficiency of Indian craftsmen in dyeing techniques ranges from simple dyeing to the skillful manipulation of a complex range of processes. Little of such technical knowledge has been recorded as it was passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Thus, we started journey into the interdisciplinary field of natural dyes. Hands-on experience with master dyers and block printers opened our eyes to the bounty and fragility of Nature’s colours. It taught us the value of diverse histories and cultures. We are now sharing this knowledge with you.

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Two amazing crafts to play with! Experience the beauty and magic of natural dyes. Beginning with block printing, our master printer will guide you through the processes to create your own hand printed scarf.

Features

  • Making the organic indigo sugar vat
  • Tie dyeing a silk scarf
  • Block printing a cotton scarf in red and black
  • Dyeing with madder root or any other colour

Cost includes – Course worksheet, Dyeing fabric, Dyestuff, Chai with cool breezes in the fields

Individual INR 7000
per person
Group INR 5000
per person
Date As per request
Time 10am-4pm

Take your first serious steps into the intriguing world of natural dyes. Get introduced to theories and prepare for insightful hands-on dyeing practices. 

Features

  • Scouring, preparation of the cloth for printing and dyeing
  • Mordanting the cloth
  • Making the organic indigo sugar vat
  • Tie dyeing a silk scarf
  • Block printing a cotton scarf in red and black
  • Dyeing with madder root or any other color

Cost includes – Course worksheet, Dyeing fabric, Dyestuff, Chai with cool breezes in the fields

Individual INR 12000
per person
Group INR 10000
per person
Date As per request
Time 10am-4pm

More than specialized equipment or expensive ingredients, natural dyes are about understanding your local water, climate and flora. Allow nature to do its work and the results will be visibly different. This sense of creation is both wholesome and enriching.

Features- 

  • Scouring, preparation of the cloth (protein and cellulose) for printing and dyeing
  • Mordanting the cloth
  • Making the organic Indigo sugar vat
  • Preparing binders and printing inks
  • Block printing a cotton scarf with the inks
  • Dyeing with flowers, barks, roots, insect dyes
  • Tie and dye
  • Mud resist printing for cold dyes

Cost includes – Course worksheet, Dyeing fabric, Dyestuff, Chai with cool breezes in the fields

Individual INR 24000
per person
Group INR 16000
per person
Date As per request
Time 10am-4pm

We are delighted to host natural dye enthusiasts who are seeking to create a color palette of their own with direct and compound dyes. Experience the alchemy within each process and see transformation into something exceptional.

This workshop schedule can be customized according to the need of the participant.

Individual INR 42000
per person
Group INR 28000
per person
Date As per request
Time 10am-4pm
Register

Our countryside facility in Bagru welcomes you for workshops to explore the intriguing and beautiful world of natural dyes and hand block printing.

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Snapshots from Workshops 2017

Bagru

Bagru, a small village town in Rajasthan, is situated at a distance of 32 kms. south-west of Jaipur city. Its traditional processes of hand block printing on textiles with rich natural colors have been known for many centuries. With the attraction of foreign buyers for the traditional hand printed textiles, this village hum with much activity today, supplying exquisite printed materials for the export trade.

The hand printers, known as chhipas, came from Sawai Madhopur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Sikkar districts of Rajasthan to settle in Bagru and make it their home some 300 years ago. According to a legend, at the very outset, some two families of chhipas were brought by the Thakur of Bagru to settle in Bagru from Isarda, a village four miles from Jaipur and from then on migration of more families of chhipas continued from different places”*

Bagru Print

The Bagru prints in the past these prints were essentially used by the local community. Color and motif often denotes caste, community and marital status.

These prints traditionally were in combinations of deep red, iron black and indigo blue highlighted with green and yellow, and mud-resist used to conserve areas of white ground. In building up patterns, geometrical forms were adopted along with floral, animal and bird motifs.

Even though the traditional printing processes of bleaching, resist and color printing and dyeing have continued, many of the natural ingredients have been substituted with chemicals, though some craftsmen still use the original methods. Despite the simplicity of motif and limited color palette, the earthy quality of Bagru prints continues to appeal.

*Block Printing and Dyeing of Bagru, Rajasthan by Bijoy Chandra Mohanty and Jagadish Prasad Mohanty