Roshan Chhipa

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Roshan Chhipa

Vandana Dabu Printers

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Roshan Chhipa, a master artisan from the second generation of the Dereawala family in Bagru, specializes in Bagru hand block printed textiles. He founded Vandana Dabu Printers, a manufacturing unit in Bagru, focusing on both Shahi Begar (traditional Bagru printing) and Dabu (mud resist) processes. These techniques involve intricate wooden block printing and mud resist patterns, resulting in vibrant and unique textiles. Through Vandana Dabu Printers, Roshan Chhipa not only preserves the traditional craft but also showcases entrepreneurial spirit by offering a diverse range of textiles, contributing to the cultural richness of Bagru.

Skills/Crafts

Bagru Dabu Block Printing , Block Printing

Skills/Material

Cotton, Linen Fabric, Silk, Bleached Muslin / Khadder, Chanderi Silk

We use various materials such as Cotton, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Modal, Mulberry silk, Gajji silk, Tussar silk, etc.

Skills/Technique

Printing, Block Printing

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Bagru Print

Bagru print is a traditional Indian block printing technique that originated in the small town of Bagru in Rajasthan. It is renowned for its unique designs, vibrant colors, and the use of natural dyes. The Bagru print tradition has been passed down through generations, with artisans employing age-old methods to create distinctive patterns on fabric. The process typically involves the use of wooden blocks that are intricately carved with specific designs. These blocks are then dipped in natural dyes such as indigo, madder, and other plant-based colors. The artisan stamps the block onto the fabric with precision, creating a repetitive pattern that forms the characteristic Bagru print. One notable aspect of Bagru printing is the incorporation of a resist printing technique known as "dabu." In dabu printing, a mud-like paste containing natural ingredients like clay and gum is applied to the fabric to create a resist. The fabric is then dyed, and when the mud is washed away, it reveals the intricate pattern beneath. Bagru prints often feature geometric patterns, floral motifs, and traditional designs that are culturally significant. The craftsmanship involved in Bagru printing has gained recognition both within India and internationally, contributing to the popularity of this traditional art form.

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Dabu Print

Dabu print is a time-honored Indian textile printing technique celebrated for its distinctive and intricate patterns. This traditional craft involves a meticulous process that begins with the application of a special mud paste, known as "dabu," onto the fabric. Skilled artisans employ wooden blocks to carefully imprint this paste onto the textile, creating a resist that shields designated areas from absorbing dye during subsequent coloring. The preparation of the dabu paste is a crucial step, often involving a mixture of natural ingredients such as clay, gum, and other locally sourced materials. The paste is skillfully applied in specific patterns, ranging from geometric shapes to traditional motifs, depending on the artisan's design and regional influences. Once the dabu paste is evenly applied and allowed to dry, the fabric undergoes a dyeing process. Natural dyes, including indigo or other plant-based alternatives, are commonly used. The fabric, now adorned with the resist patterns, is immersed in the dye bath. The areas covered with dabu paste resist the dye, creating a captivating contrast between the dyed and undyed portions. The final step involves washing the fabric to remove the dabu paste, unveiling the intricacies of the resist-created pattern. This reveals a harmonious blend of colored and untouched areas, resulting in a visually appealing and uniquely textured textile. Dabu printing has a rich cultural significance, particularly in regions like Rajasthan, where it is often associated with other traditional printing techniques such as Bagru printing. The craft not only produces aesthetically pleasing textiles but also preserves age-old artisanal skills and reflects the heritage of Indian textile artistry. The combination of precision, natural materials, and a thoughtful blend of resist and dyeing techniques makes dabu printing a cherished and timeless form of textile decoration.

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Pharad Print

Pharad Prints are a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. These prints are a distinctive fusion of two age-old techniques—Bagru and dabu printing—resulting in exquisite and intricate designs that pay homage to the local flora of Bagru. At the heart of Pharad Prints lies the meticulous craftsmanship of master block makers, who skillfully carve intricate designs onto blocks used in the printing process. These designs, each bestowed with a specific name such as chaubundi, patasi, and aankra, are a nod to the local artistry and hold a unique place in the cultural tapestry of Bagru. The printing process itself is a symphony of precision and tradition. Pharad Prints are meticulously crafted on smaller tables, emphasizing the need for heightened precision in bringing the designs to life. The choice of dyes further elevates the art, with colors derived from natural sources such as madder, indigo, pomegranate, and kashish. These organic hues not only contribute to the authenticity of Pharad Prints but also reflect a commitment to sustainable and traditional practices. The distinctive feature of Pharad Prints lies in the amalgamation of the Bagru and dabu printing techniques. The process is divided into two halves, each contributing its unique essence to the final masterpiece. The first half embraces the traditional Bagru printing method, infusing the design with the essence of this historical art form. The second half, characterized by the dabu technique, adds a layer of complexity and texture, resulting in prints that are a harmonious blend of two distinct printing traditions. Pharad Prints, with their timeless charm and cultural significance, showcase the artistic prowess of Bagru and pay homage to the craftsmanship passed down through generations. Each print tells a story, not just of colors and motifs, but of a community deeply rooted in its traditions and connected to the natural beauty that surrounds it. Through Pharad Prints, the legacy of Bagru's artistic heritage continues to thrive, inviting admirers into a world where tradition and creativity converge in a celebration of craftsmanship.

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