• Printmaking,  Travel

    Woodblock Printing at Jaitex Art in Jaipur

    woodblock printing at jaitexart in jaipur, india with ace camps

    This was the final workshop of our Jaipur trip, and it was a true culmination of everything we’d learned. We drove out to Bagru again, this time to Jaitex Art, for a session on true woodblock printing (as opposed to the mud printing for indigo resist).

    jaipur woodblocks at table
    first night dinner table, set with our custom blocks

    When we first signed up for the trip, many moons before departure, we were given the opportunity to each design our own woodblock. Our designs were sent to India, and our blocks were carved by master artisans in preparation for our arrival.

    When we all met at the hotel for dinner on the first night, our blocks greeted us by candlelight. It was the cutest gesture and a very warm welcome to a new place with a new group of people.

  • Printmaking,  Travel

    Indigo Dyeing with Block Printed Mud Resist

    Indigo Dyeing with block printed mud resist – samanthasews blog

    After two days of carving our own rubber blocks, it was time to graduate to real woodblocks, Jaipur-style. We piled into our Innova caravan and headed out to Bagru for our first workshop: Indigo dye with Dabu mud resist.

    Indigo Dyeing with block printed mud resist - samanthasews blog

    Before we even began printing, I was blown away by the woodblocks. They are works of art in their own right, and it’s amazing to know that each line, each swirl, is painstakingly carved by hand. Each block is designed with cues to ensure proper alignment with the repeat patterns, and it was so interesting to start to understand how it all works.