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Block Printing and Tie Dyeing in Rajasthan

The discovery of dyes dates to ancient times, when our ancestors discovered that colors can be extracted from different parts of plants. The art of tie and dye was a part of trade, during period of early trading. Since then until now, Rajasthan has maintained the tradition and these places where block and tie dying is still carried on, are a must visit. 

Block Printing


The tie and dye fabrics industries in Rajasthan, which are about 5000 years old are as popular as the state itself. As we all have seen the Rajasthani fabrics are quite colorful which come from their oldest traditions. As the name itself suggests, blocks of various shapes, sizes and designs are used to paint fabrics while tie dying involves tying of the fabric first and then dying it off. The work is available in different materials like cotton, silk, chiffon, georgette, satin, etc. The colors used in the dying are generally bright and contrast.

dyeing blocks
Dyeing Blocks


  1. Lehariya:

Lehariya is the basic dying which results in striped or rippled textiles with contrast bright colors.

  1. Bagru:

In bagru dying technique, blocks are placed from left to right and slammed hard on the fabrics.

  1. Dabu:

Dabu originates in Rajasthan and is a beautiful mud resist block printing. But it is quite complicated as it takes number of washes and a lot of laborious work.

  1. Gold and Silver block painting:

Dust of precious metals like Gold and Silver are used to block print on already printed fabrics, as it only involves work on the surfaces. A gum paste is squeezed in a pattern on the fabric first and then the metal dust is sprinkled on the top of it.

  1. Sanganeri:

Fabrics are placed on the tables and then printed using blocks of different designs.

  1. Bandhani:
Colorful textiles

Bandhani is the most preferred patterns of tie and dye in Rajasthan. The patterns are generally floral or geometric. Apart from these the ‘Shikari bandhani’ includes human and animal figures. The one with geometric patterns is known as ‘Ekdali bandhani’.


The best places to see traditional tie and block dye work in Rajasthan are Jodhpur, Jaipur and Sikar. Other places like Udaipur, Barmer and Pali are trying to develop in the same.

  1. Anokhi Museum:

PLACE: Jagatoura, Jaipur.

TIMINGS: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, closed on Mondays.

ENTRY FEES: 30/- INR per person

  1. Jaipur Woodblock Printing:

PLACE: Sanagner, Jaipur.

TIMINGS: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day.

ENTRY FEES: 30/- INR per person

  1. Sakshi international Pvt. Ltd.

PLACE: Sanagner, Jaipur.

TIMINGS: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day.

ENTRY FEES: 30/- INR per person

  1. Jilani Hand Block print:

PLACE: Kakani, Jodhpur.

TIMINGS: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, every day.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

  1. V R Crafts:

PLACE: Basni, Jodhpur.

TIMINGS: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm, every day.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

colorful fabrics
Tie Dyeing


  1. Shibori Dye and Block Printing:

The workshop not only teaches you how to dye a fabric but introduces you to the history and past procedures of block and tie painting. You get to carry the fabric home that you die during the course. You can carry more fabric of your own to experiment more.

PLACE: Jagdish colony, Jaipur.

TIMINGS: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (Half day workshop)

                                 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. (Full day workshop)

COST: 4000/- INR per person. (Half day workshop)

                       8500/- INR per person. (Full day workshop)

  1. Jai text art:

Jai text art was founded in year 2001 to promote block printing. They play a leading role in nurturing the tradition of Rajasthan and have made quite a progress in these past years.

PLACE: Bagru village, Jaipur.

TIMINGS: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. (One day workshop)

                                  10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. (Two day workshop)

Open on all days.

  1. Rangotri:

They are known for the mix old traditional patterns and use of new techniques to dye fabrics. You will be given a tour of the studio and will be thought the basics of equipment’s involved in the craft.

PLACE: shanganer, Jaipur.

          TIMINGS: 11:00 AM to 1:00PM. (Batch one)

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. (Batch two)

Monday to Friday.

COST: 3500/- INR per person per batch.

DIY_ Block Printing
DIY_ Block Printing

Next time you visit Rajasthan don’t miss out to experience this amazing traditional art work provided in the major cities with simple visits as well as workshops.