Block Making

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Blocks are the main source of printing and have highly stylized motifs evolved over hundreds of years. These were earlier made of clay. Now these are being done in metal and wood (‘sagavan’ and ‘shisham’). Wood is first cut to make a block and one of its sides it smoothened. It is then painted white and the design is engraved and carved. Holes are drilled upto two centimeters on the sides of the block to avoid air bubbles. This also ensures that the block doesn’t stick to the fabric because of vacuum during printing. Handles are made for easy grip. Blocks are of two types: rek and gad. Gad is a ‘filled block’ and is used for printing the base of the pattern. Rek is used for intricate prints that are done inside the spaces left blank by the gad block.