One of a set of textiles illustrating steps in the ajrakh printing process - 2017.68.1.1_1_doc20171122_IMG6552

2017.68.1.1_1_doc20171122_IMG6552

One of a set of textiles illustrating steps in the ajrakh printing process

Maker: Jabbar Khatri
Medium:Block-printed cotton tabby
Geography: Dhamadka, Gujarat, India
Date: 2017
Dimensions:
96 × 24 cm
Object number: 2017.68.1.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the ROM Governors Textile Endowment Fund
Not on view
Description

Block-printing coloured pattern process set. Block printers use carved wooden blocks to stamp pastes and create colours and patterns: stamp pastes made from iron or alum mordants thickened with ground seeds and flour—that attract dye colorants; stamp pastes made of gum arabic or clay that repel dye; soak the cloth in a series of dye baths to build up coloured pattern. Major steps in printing coloured pattern: printing resist for white outlines; printing iron mordant; printing alum mordant and printing resist on areas to repel indigo; repeated dipping in indigo; removing resist; steeping in red dye; washing and sun bleaching.

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