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The hand hits in studied pattern and measured force. The patterns made in wooden blocks (called Bilals) and then plant colours, tamarind here, embossed on cloth with learned precision of the art of relief printing. The institutional memory passed on by weavers and printers. The fabric dried on farmland and dyed and washed on banks of Bagh River accumulating chemical goodness of its waters, binding the colours in luminous patterns for a lifetime and enhancing the texture of the dyes. Waters which are supposed to be special.

Maybe that’s why bagh print has a special effect on the eyes, similar to the effect of calming rhythm of the hand tapping. Like something softly striking memories in your memory, leaving indelible marks.

Bagh Print, Dhar


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