Nandana craft of hand block printing only practiced in Tarapur village situated on the banks of Ghambhiri river in Madhya Pradesh. Nandana is having 16 steps going through cumbersome process of printing and dyeing.
Why “Nandana” is called “Nandana”? The living legend of Nandna block printing Smt. Geeta Jhariyaji and his son Banwari Jhariya belongs to the 6th generation of “Chippa” community of Tarapur answered that when hand block printing started by local “Chippa” community in Tarapur they were using Indigo maat or dye tank locally called as “Naand” (नांद) in Hindi. Also a clay pot used to keep “Begar” (Alum water mixed with gum) called as Naand was the reason behind calling it Nandana print.
So from a word “Naand” used for indigo dyeing tank in Hindi and fabric dipped in indigo dye tank multiple times was the reason behind using word “Nandana” for this craft of hand block printing practiced exclusively in Tarapur only.
Specialty of traditional Nandana hand block printing are:
- Use of natural colors like alum as mordant to get red with alizarin, pomengranate peel and indigo to get dark green shade in the background.
- Limited designs right from small buti to big buta known as mirch, champakali, dholamaru, amba and jalam.
- One design requires 3 different blocks to complete the pattern.
- Available in limited color pattern with shades of nature.
- Its a 18 step process which includes 3 times block printing and 3 times dyeing for Green base. 2 times printing and 2 times dyeing for indigo blue base.
Since its inception Nanadana printing restricted to the tribal customer segment only so no development in terms of design and color variations done till date. Now with the intervention of EcoFab it is in the process of rejuvenation.
Traditionally Nandana is linked with not only designs and cumbersome process but also block pattern and tradition.
In this saree Nandana designs in the body and mandala pallu experimented with jawariya (Jodhpuri) border with indigo blue base.