is not just known for its royal forts, palaces, grand pavilions and gardens
but its specialties also include the adeptness and skills of the locals, who
have perfected the art and crafts that are famous all over India, but are
ignored by tourists and visitors. Nowhere in this world you will be able to
find such stunning pieces of ethnic jewelery, silverware, mirrorwork, unique
henna tattoos, bandhni and block printed textiles, etc.
Though such art is common to most of the cities of Rajasthan, but there are
some cities that are renowned specially for one of these skills. Like
Sanganer and Bangru are the places that have created their own unique brand
of textile prints, that are demanded all over the country. These places
preserve and celebrate their inherited skills and traditions since the 16th
century, when they became popular in Europe owing to exports made by the
East India Company.
Currently, the textile printing industry of Sanganer and Bangru is
flourishing with more than 154 block printing production units in place.
These block prints are made available on bed spreads, pillow covers,
decoration items, table cloth and other useful textiles. Colorful prints in
varying designs and patterns, ranging from geometrical to floral ones, are
crafted with utmost precision.
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The artists paint adorn the textiles with these designs using
wooden/metallic blocks and vegetable colors/ chemical dyes. With time,
several new block printing techniques have been innovated and old ones have
been evolved. These techniques include double sided printing of textile
called 'doo-rookhi' and another technique called 'calico printing' in which
the designs are firs made and then splashed with vibrant colors.
The basic difference between the Sanganeri and the Bagru printing
techniques is that in Bagru style, lesser range of colors are used. Some of
the Bagru printing styles include 'Dabu prints' and the ' syahi Begar
prints'. Travelers can also observe this form of textile printing been
created live. It is not as simple as it may seem because it requires careful
selection of patterns, colors and utmost precision.
There are a number of shops in Sanganer, including Sakshi in Lakshmi
Colony, that sell stunning block printed textile materials and pottery
products. You can also catch the fun out here by picking up a block
In Sanganer, you can also have a look at the paper production process.
Salim's Paper, at Gramodyog Road, is the largest paper producer in the
country and it has excellent facilities for visitors to observe and learn
the whole procedure. The unique thing about this factory is that the paper
made here is actually from scrap pieces of fabric rather than from the pulp
of trees. Also available here are decorated paper with floral work and
glitters to pack gifts and accessorise things. These are also exported in
large quantities to other countries. Another option to view handmade paper
production is Al Paper House.
Sanganer is located 16 km from Jaipur and Bagru is a further 20 km from
here. Apart from the block printing units and paper production units, you
can also have a look at a group of ancient Jain temples and Tripolas.