Hand Block Printing

Hand block printing has been one of the oldest and the most traditional style of printing on cloth. Although its a time consuming process but but the outcome of the process is too rewarding and this is the reason this industry is still going and growing strong in India.

The printer commences by drawing a length of cloth, from the roll, over the table, and marks it with a piece of colored chalk and a ruler to indicate where the first impression of the block is to be applied.

He then applies his block in two different directions to the color on the sieve and finally presses it firmly and steadily on the cloth, ensuring a good impression by striking it smartly on the back with a wooden mallet. The second impression is made in the same way, the printer taking care to see that it fits exactly to the first, a point which he can make sure of by means of the pins with which the blocks are provided at each corner and which are arranged in such a way that when those at the right side or at the top of the block fall upon those at the left side or the bottom of the previous impression the two printings join up exactly and continue the pattern without a break. Each succeeding impression is made in precisely the same manner until the length of cloth on the table is fully printed. When this is done it is wound over the drying rollers, thus bringing forward a fresh length to be treated similarly.