FOLK HERITAGE

“BAGRU”- A TEXTILE HERITAGE FROM JAIPUR

From the cultural land of Rajasthan, comes an age old technique of textile printing- THE BAGRU PRINT. The piece of fabric with this exotic print is handcrafted with all the love to nature and inherited traditions. Bagru is acknowledged for its wooden blocks and all the natural colors used for printing. It is totally an Eco-friendly practice. Bagru, is a traditional BLOCK-PRINTING art of Rajasthan, flourished in a small town of "Bagru"at a distance of 30–35 kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The practice is as old as 400 to 500 years religiously developed and followed by the locals called Chippas who migrated from Sawai Madhopur (Alwar) as nomads and settled themselves in Bagru for livelihood. The admirers of textile handicraft might already heard or know about this beautiful printing technique, but some of you do not. So lets hear the tale and grab more knowledge about this very own heritage textile art.

ARCHITECTURE

“BANGLADAAR ROOFS” – FROM BENGAL

Going through some heritage Temple structures of Bengal, I came across a set of unique architectural element known as "Bengal Roofs" particularly "CHALA". It is a great example of Bengal's vernacular architecture having its roots back to 15th-16th century AD. The structure is first seen in Terracotta Temples of Bengal. BANGLA ROOFS are associated with late Mughal and Rajput architecture of Northern India. These temples showcase domes from Islamic architecture combined with very personal BANGLADAAR ROOFS shaping together traditional Bengali architecture. Read the full post to revisit the historical heritage these BANGLA ROOFS carries within itself.

ECO-DESIGNS

HOW TO HANDLE “NATURAL” PIGMENTS AND DYES

Since we started with our ECO-FRIENDLY SERIES based on natural pigments, we came to know about several natural color imparting substances on our planet which can prove really effective in carving out an alternative for synthetic coloring. Being Eco-friendly, these pigments are Sustainable, Bio-degradable and non-toxic for human use. One cannot deny the warmth of a handcrafted fabric dyed with all the beautiful natural stuff- Gentle both on the Earth and on your skin. Living in the era of tremendous environmental loss, the need of the hour is to create awareness about the challenges to the environment and playing our part to safeguard our Earth. One such small practice is choosing naturally dyed fabric over regular synthetic one. In this post we will discuss about how to actually deal with ECO-DYES. We will talk about- *Why to choose Eco-dyed fabric *The process of natural dyeing *Dye DIYs *How to take care of your eco-fabric *My visit to a handloom site in a small town of Madhya Pradesh. *Current global scenario of natural dyes *Revival of natural Indian dyes *Where to SHOP them in India. Read the full post and get to know all about it.

ECO-DESIGNS

MINERAL ( EARTH) BASED PIGMENTS AND DYES

Minerals are inorganic compounds abundantly given by Mother Earth and are rich sources of metallic ions, mineral salts and metal oxides and sometimes used for extraction of certain pigments to dye a yarn. Minerals are drawn out by mining and exploration techniques and once extracted the pigment is suspended in a medium and the medium bonds with the cloth. These mineral pigments works best with natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, wool, and silk. Earth pigments are known for their light-fastness (how resistant to fading it is when exposed to light) and fast drying. Explore more about the minerals used for extracting pigments. Read the full post here-