Thursday, 25 November 2010

In search of block printing

On our drive to Jaisalmer we stopped by Balotra, famed 
for the block printed cloth.  I was so excited to be going
there - it's a bit of the beaten path.  What would we
find there?  A small town perhaps?  Ha, ha.  Big messy
town.   There were signs that cloth is printed here.

We asked the right questions, or rather Samshu did,
and found a yard with metres of printed cloth
hanging from drying racks.  Invited to visit the
silk screening factory to watch the process.
Hot, steamy and very (chemical) smelly.  
Metres of printed cloth churned out, cut into
5 mtr lengths to ship to South India.

No block printing going on - too wet!

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