Introduction to Printing Tradition of India
Various traditional techniques of fabric printing are used in India. The common ones being tie and dye, block printing and hand printing.
Tie & Dye
The technique of tie and dye or knot printing, as the name indicates, involves tying of fabric in accordance with the overall design scheme, before the process of dying. Fabric is tied in small and big knots so that the colour does not penetrate the tied areas. This process leads to the creation of colourful concentric circles and oblong rectangles, in all shapes and size.
Water is heated in big cauldrons and the required colour or dye is added to the water. Dying always starts with lighter shades and the darkest shades are used at the end. After each successive dying the cloth is untied and dried. New areas of the cloth are again tied keepings in mind the final design or pattern. The process of tying, dying and drying is repeated till the desired result is achieved. This process is both time consuming and labour intensive but the results are stunning. The womenfolk do tying, while men are involved in dying the fabric.
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