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Block Printing

Pukka Print is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the block printing tradition, and the fabrics we produce employ the highest standards of craftsmanship available in Rajasthan today.

Jaipur has long been regarded as one of the major centres for block printing in India and the studio Pukka Print works with has been in existence for over twenty years. Many of the printers are third or fourth generation.

There are various stages to the production of our fabrics. First Juliet designs the initial motifs, marrying the patterns of antique Indian hangings from the early 1700s. The designs, colours and scale are a result of many layers of inspiration. Back in Jaipur the workshop then redraws the patterns in preparation for the block carver. Printing blocks are called buntas and are made from well seasoned sisam wood. These are planed, to a smooth finish, before being whitened. Finally the design is traced and carved using traditional tools. The intricacy of the fine lines requires brass as well as wooden blocks, and,  although this is more costly to create, it ensures  the quality of the print and the longevity of the block.

Each colour in the pattern has its own block, so the more colours and layers in the pattern, the more sophisticated and rich the result. Blocks can be classified into three types. The rekh is the outline block. Next is the background block, or the gudh. Then the data are used as the filling blocks. Usually the gudh is printed first, this impression will act as a guide for the next block. Then the rekh puts in the outline to give definition to the pattern. Finally the data are printed.

All our blocks are unique to Pukka Print.