Alizarin Printing (Tarapur)
Traditional hand block printing is practiced in very few places in India, and Tarapur is one of such village of Madhya Pradesh. They are still using “Kath” (Vegetable black color) using jiggery powder and iron rust instead of “kashish” (Readymade vegetable black color) now commonly used to prepare black color. It is a very small village situated on the banks of “Ghambhiri” river having population of 3000 to 4000. Tarapur is 270 kilometers away from Indore the industrial capital of Madhya Pradesh. For red color first alum as mordant is printed using tamarind seed powder paste and then dyed with alizarin. Now a day synthetic alizarin is used unlike 50 years ago roots of morinda citrifolia were used. EcoFab has found the source of natural alizarin which gives pale yellow to brownish yellow and brownish red color shade.
“Chippa” community is practicing the craft of hand block printing in Tarapur since 400 years, who claims to belong to the lineage of Sant Namdev, a famous saint of “Bhakti Tradition” in India. 10-15 years back some 30-40 families of “Chippa community” were involved in this craft restricted to the 3-4 families today. It’s all due to tough competition from the chemical screen printing and imitating of designs by machine printers selling it at cheaper prices than hand block printing. But they are still following the traditional methods in preparing the fabrics using semi-vegetable colors.
Pomegranate Rind Dye
A kind of natural or herbal dye extracted from pomegranate rind by boiling it for an hour. After boiling it kept as it is overnight to use it as a cold dye next day to dye required clothes. It is one of the most easily available natural/herbal dye but equally tough to apply on clothes as little mishandling may create stains on the fabric.
For skin pomegranate rind dye works as a therapy to keep the skin healthy. Pomegranate rind is rich in antioxidants and having anti-bactirial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Special Instruction: Do not do dry clean.
- Hand Wash or Mild machine wash separately in 30 degrees
2. Dark colors may bleed, should be washed separately
3. Mild Detergents/Natural Detergents /Easy Wash recommended. Natural detergents like ‘Aritha” or “Ritha” powder works well
4. Do not scrub
5. No bleaching
6. Dry reverse or in shade
7. Do not use hot water in washing process
We do not recommend dry clean as its results were not satisfactory.