Tarapur print is a combination of mordant (Syahi-Begar) block printing technique and resist block printing technique i.e. dabu print. Mordant or syahi-begar technique involves printing of two kind of mordants iron rust water and alum is printed on myrobalan dyed fabric to get black from iron rust and red in place of alum printed part after dyeing with alizarin (Synthetic version of red natural dye) or manjishtha (Indian madder) roots.
After this process is completed fabric is washed, dried and again printed with resist paste made from mud, gum and lime. This process is also known as Dabu print. This resist paste keep the base as it is by protecting it from the next step of dyeing. In this process mostly cold dyes like indigo (Today synthetic version of indigo is used), pomegranate peel and kashish (Ferrous sulphate + myrobalan) are used to get various shades.
After printing and dyeing from chosen dye fabric is washed and then it is ready.
Tarapur Print Lugda Fabric