Bagru is a small village located 30 Km south of the capital city Jaipur. Very well known for its Natural Dyes and Hand block printing; Bagru has far stretched its fame to become a downtown destination for internationally acclaimed fashion industries too. The habitat of Raiger and Chhipa communities of Rajasthan, the people belonging to this community are involved in the convention of printing tradition for 100 years. While Chippa communities are masters of traditional printing, the Raiger community is involved in processing leather products.
The art of hand block printing is as old as 2000 years old, Its origin in India traces the roots to Gujarat. Bagru has so much to offer to artisans, fashionistas and anyone who wants to know about the roots of traditional printing. Not very well developed Bagru is known for Natural Dyeing, Indigo Dying and Wooden Hand block printing over textile articles. Although in India this art exists from the 12th Century (making it 800-900 years old) the main origin can be traced to China. It is like an ERA. The three-centuries-old tradition of block printing in Bagru is kept alive with the efforts of Bagru artisans. As a matter of fact, Bagru prints are more famous for their exceptional quality of being eco-friendly. The village of Bagru will be definitely a treat for craft lovers and one must visit the place to acknowledge the tradition of former centuries
Well, that is not it; Bagru is also internationally acknowledged for the traditional Pickles (Aachar) manufactured by Jhalani family (Jhalani Food Products Pvt. Ltd.) for five generations. You can also try some lip-smacking pickle and take home a whole ‘bharni’ with you.
As an old saying goes ‘SMALL THINGS CAST LONG SHADOWS’ let us get that straight away synonymous to a small town called Bagru as the theory holds good to the vast dying fields all the way in streets of Bagru. You are welcome to the town of artisans whose art is like a meditation to them.
In Bagru you will experience a walk through the vast printing quarters ‘Chhipa Mohalla’ where you will find more than a dozen families dedicatedly working on this unique type of printing with blocks and dyes. This one day experience will give you an understanding of the print industry from the local perspective, you will see the process of color making, understand the process of block printing and witness the artisans creatively design detailed wooden blocks. As you progress you will also visit the local houses and knowing their daily roles and ancestral printing history.
Stay: Not applicable
Meals: Mineral water & tea, meals not applicable
Activities: Rural Living