ORIGIN OF LINEN FABRIC : 

Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It has been used for thousands of years and is one of the oldest known fabrics in the world. The ancient Egyptians used linen to make clothing, towels, and burial shrouds, and it was also popular in ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Greece. In the Middle Ages, linen was an important trade commodity and was used to make a wide variety of household and personal items, including clothing, bed linens, and table linens. Today, linen is still highly valued for its unique properties and is used to make a variety of products, including clothing, bedding, and home decor items.

 

ORIGIN OF COTTON FABRIC :

Cotton is a natural fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant. It is believed to have originated in the tropical regions of the Americas, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. The ancient Maya and other indigenous peoples of the Americas used cotton to make a variety of products, including clothing, blankets, and bags. Cotton was also an important trade commodity in the ancient world, and it was spread to other parts of the world through trade and colonization. Today, cotton is grown in many parts of the world and is used to make a wide variety of products, including clothing, bedding, and home decor items.

HISTORY OF HAND-MADE BLOCK PRINT ON LINEN AND COTTON FABRICS IN INDIA :

Block printing has a long history in India, where it has been used for centuries to create intricate designs on fabrics. The earliest known examples of block-printed textiles in India date back to the 12th century and were found in Gujarat and Rajasthan (particularly in bagru). These early block-printed fabrics were made using a resist dyeing technique, in which patterns were created by applying a resist paste to the fabric and then dyeing the fabric. The paste prevented the dye from penetrating the fabric, creating a pattern on the surface. Over time, the techniques and designs used in block printing in India evolved and became more sophisticated. By the 14th century, the block printing tradition had spread throughout the country and was being used to create a wide range of fabrics, including saris, shawls, and bed linens. In the modern era, block printing remains a popular method for creating handmade textiles in India, and it is still used to produce a wide range of products, including clothing, home decor items, and stationery still Bagru region holds the fort for making and producing this variety of products.

Let’s dive into the rich history of bagru which has the most unique artisans for hand-made block prints : 

Bagru is a town in the Rajasthan state of India that is known for its tradition of hand-block printing. The Bagru region has a long history of producing hand-block printed fabrics, and the technique has been passed down through generations of craftsmen.

Bagru-style block printing is characterized by the use of natural dyes and a rustic, earthy aesthetic. The designs are typically inspired by nature and feature a limited color palette, with the most common colors being red, yellow, green, and blue. The blocks used in Bagru block printing are made of teak wood and are carved by hand. The fabric is printed by hand using a dye paste made from natural materials such as indigo, madder root, and pomegranate skin.

Bagru block-printed fabrics are prized for their unique, handmade quality and are used to make a variety of products, including clothing, home decor items, and accessories. We at FABRITUAL, are proud to have associated with these unique and skillful artisans.