Bagh block printing

Bagh printing is all done manually, involving several painstaking processes of repeated washing, dyeing, and printing. In the first step, the fabric is soaked overnight in water to get rid of shrinkage, then dried in the sun for hours. The fabric is then dipped in a big container filled with a mixture of castor oil (arandi ka tel), goat dung (mengni), raw salt (sanchura), and water, processed by walking on it constantly. Then the cloth is dunked overnight in the mixture. After a soak, it is washed with water. All these steps are repeated thrice to get completely rid of impurities and starch. Later, the fabric is drenched and dyed in a mixture of harad (Terminalia chebula) and water in order to form a base for printing.