Friday 4 September 2020, 9-11am BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)
Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom, with Dheeraj ChhipaDheeraj Chhipa is the 7th generation of block-printing artisans from Bagru, Rajasthan, India. Dheeraj also a qualified textile designer from the Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur, India. He learnt the craft of Bagru printing, which is a combination of hand-block printing, resist-printing and natural dyeing from his father. He uses the traditional techniques of Fadat, Dabu and Bagru prints which are techniques that are at risk of being lost in this region. While many of the traditional textile printers of Bagru have shifted to screen-printing and pigment printing techniques, Dheeraj continues to use traditional techniques with the belief in sustainability and preservation of the indigenous knowledge systems of the craft practices in India.Outline of the workshopBagru, is a hub of traditional hand-block printing and natural dyes, in Rajasthan, India. The Chhipa community are the main group that have been practicing this craft for generations. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of hand-block printing and the processes involved in natural dyeing of a resist-printed textile. There are two methods that will be taught in the workshop:
Material list (not provided):Plain cotton voile (13”X13”)Resist printed cotton voile (13”X13”)200ml pigment paste 50 grams of Harda powder 20 grams of ferrous sulphate powder 1 x wooden block with border motif 1 x wooden block with body motif Padding cloth A thin cloth to cover the padding clothPlastic sheet for base 1 x spatula for mixing and evening of the pigment dye 3-4 table spoons for mixing 3 x 1 litre containers (to be arranged by the participant) 1 x old toothbrush to clean the wooden blocksA cushioned base of about 2ft X 2ft or a table-top for printing Water for the various processesWorkshop Cancellation PolicyAll places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.