What is Block Print?

What is Block Print?

Block printing is a type of textile printing techniques that use carved wooden blocks to apply dye or pigment to fabric in a natural method. It is a versatile and ancient craft, practiced across the world with diverse styles and traditions.

The history of block printing is a tapestry woven with threads from across the world, each region adding its unique colors and patterns. Block print originated in the 3rd century AD, in China in silk textile by the use of single color print with carved wooden blocks. 

In the 4th century, this technique traveled by trade route to India, Egypt, and other countries of Asia. 

For brief understanding of "what is block print"-

Here are some popular types of block prints :-


It originated in Andhra Pradesh, India. In this style, vegetable dyes are used in geometric and floral motifs for block prints.



This style is used in Gujrat, India. In ajrakh, natural dyes are used to create bold geometric patterns on fabric.


3- Chintz:-

it originated in India, and later popular in Europe. This style used vibrant floral and paisley designs.


4 - Sanganeri:-

This style, originating from the Sanganer, Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, is known for its use of vibrant mineral and vegetable dyes. Floral motifs and geometric patterns are commonly seen in Sanganeri prints. it is popular for sanganeri kurtis and shirts to print.



This style is originating in Rajasthan. This is a specific type of block print. In this technique, mud resist is used to create unique patterns with natural dyes, mostly used indigo. This creates a unique, earthy aesthetic with subtle variations in color and texture.



This style originated in the Bhuj (Gujrat) India. It is mostly used in scarves and stoles, It uses intricate block prints and mirror work to create stunning and luxurious textiles.



This unique technique also originated in Rajasthan, India. In this technique creating wave-like patterns on fabric by resist dyeing and folding techniques. 



Process of block printing:-

1- Block carving
2- Ink application
3- printing
4- variations


Block printing isn't limited to just textiles. It can be used on various surfaces like paper, wood, and even leather. It's employed for creating:

Clothing and accessories: Scarves, sarees, dresses, bags, etc.
Home Decor: Curtains, tablecloths, tapestries, wall art
Stationery and greeting cards
Art prints and posters


Handmade and unique: -Each block-printed piece is a unique work of art, reflecting the artisan's skill and creativity.
Sustainable:- Often uses natural dyes and recycled materials, reducing environmental impact.
Cultural significance: - Represents traditions and stories passed down through generations.

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