Bagh - the hand block printing craft of Bagh, Madhya Pradesh
This bold and vibrant hand block Bagh printing has its origins in Bagh village in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh and from where it also derives its name ‘Bagh prints’. This unique craft was started by the Chhippas of the Khatri community who migrated to Bagh around 400 years ago from Larkana is Sind which is famous for its Ajrak prints.
Bagh was chosen as a suitable place for this craft as the high copper content in the waters of Bagh River adds depth to the color.
Like most handicrafts, Bagh printing is a tedious and time-consuming process but the end results are worth the wait. The whole process of block printing involves '15 STEPS' and a single Bagh print composition may comprise of as many as 1300 different block impressions.
According to mythology or the Vedic period, it was said that chanderi was founded by Lord Krishna's cousin Shisupal. The famous weaving culture started during the 2nd century and 7th century. It has situated on the boundary of two cultural regions of the state, Malwa, and Bundelkhand
The habitation of Vindhyachal ranges has a wide range of traditions. In the 11th century the trade locations Malwa, Medwa, central India, and south Gujarat gave its importance.
These chanderi sarees are produced from three kinds of fabric i.e. pure silk,chanderi cotton, and silk cotton. Traditional coin, Flora art, Peacocks, and geometrics are woven into different chanderi patterns.
But the weaving culture or tradition has been available from the 13th century. In the beginning, the weavers were Muslims and later in 1350 the Koshti weavers from Jhansi were migrated to Chanderi and settled down there. During the Mughal period, the cloth business of chanderi has moved to the peak.
Charming and elegant It has the quality of magnificence Pride of the owner It’s glamour personified! Once an exclusive privilege of the royalty has become an established choice of the woman today.
Conceived and designed by queen Ahilya Bai Holkar of Madhya Pradesh herself each Maheshwari Saree Conjures up a picture of royal Elegance.
Majestic in its designs, it is woven from silk and cotton fibers and embellished with gold zari.
The Pallu is particularly distinct with its five stripes. Available in angoori (grape green), Gul bakhi (magenta), rani (deep Mauve Pink), and Raasini (light Violet) and famed for its reversible Border, that can be worn either side, the royal Maheshwari is Vibrancy in an unadulterated form.
Tussar silk is produced from larvae of several species of silkworms belonging to the moths. These silkworms live in the wild forest in trees belonging to Terminalia species as well as other food plants like Asan, Arjun, Jamun, and Oak found in South Asia, eating off the leaves of the trees they live on. Tussar is valued for its rich texture and natural deep gold color.
The sari is the most important Tussar silk product although it is also used as the base material for handicrafts, furnishing fabrics, and stitched apparel.
With the introduction of chemical dyes, the range of available colors has increased significantly. There are fashion designers who use Tussar silk in their creations.
The precisely finished and designer garments produced from Tussar Silk are known globally and are exported to various countries including Europe, the Persian Gulf and the United States.