Mumbai Block Print - New Directions for Natural Dyes

by - Thursday, November 19, 2020



Over the centuries, communities of block printer have often migrated. When they do, their designs and ways of working change and evolve. This is certainly true of the Mumbai block printers. Originally dyers from Kachchh, Gujarat, Ahmed Khatri and his son Sarfraz Khatri have taken the art of hand block printing in a completely new direction. Still working with natural dyes and traditional processes, they only work in contemporary designs they themselves create. They have designed an astonishing array of special blocks to create unusual distressed effects such as might be found on old painted walls. They have also designed a range of motifs, borders and embellishments. On silk, their preferred cloth, the designs have an incredible vibrancy and life.

Any day of the year, really, is the right day for a shawl. We find comfort in cloth, held next to our skin, wrapped around us. Under a coat or over your shoulders, a shawl is so simple - a rectangle of cloth - yet it is the very idea of comfort. 

These shawls are magnificent creations best kept close. And they are as versatile as they are beautiful — wrapped around you to stay warm, or even spread on a bed or sofa;  a showcase of pattern and thread.

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