Collection: WOODEN BLOCK PRINT

According to scientific researches, hand-made printed items were a widespread and well-developed craft in the 11th century AD in Uzbekistan. One of the main centres was at the weaving town of Chitgaron, near Bukhara, whose entire population was engaged in producing printed fabrics.

Communities organized themselves around aspects of the production process: in one neighbourhood were the weavers, another group made mineral and vegetable dyes, wood carvers made intricate kalyb (blocks) to apply pattern on a cloth. All these artisans would bring their goods to the main neighbourhood where the cloth was printed by dipping the kalyb into trays of dye before being stamped by hand on the fabric. Silk Road merchants would then carry the fabrics along their route.

Regrettably, with the introduction of chemical dyes and machinery, most print masters could no longer sustain a livelihood; the communities dwindled and many techniques and skills were lost.

It was only in the 1970s, with the opening of an Indian shop, Ganges, in Tashkent, that Uzbeks saw that those Indian fabrics were printed using the same techniques as their forefathers. At the same time an association of artisans was established to revive the lost and forgotten secrets of folk crafts, including woodblock, known in Uzbekistan as chitgarlik. Craftsmen collected ancient looms and kalyb, studied museum exhibits, and sought out old practitioners.

Our team spent several years researching ancient dyeing techniques and experimenting with natural plant materials to recreate the colours and designs of our forebears.

In fact, all the prints are naturally dyed, using plants and fruits. For instance, the main dye (black) is made from metallic rust, pomegranate peel and Iranian bean seeds, to which is added apricot resin as a thickening agent. The red dye is derived from a plant ruyan with alum added. 

Block-print on items of IKATART done individually and can't be repeated in the same way. And each customer will be the holder of unique work of art!

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  • ORIENTAL HANDMADE FLORAL BLOCK-PRINT CLUTCH
    EXCLUSIVE HANDMADE BLOCK-PRINT ORIENTAL CLUTCH MADE OF XX CENTURY OLD BEKASAM
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  • EXCLUSIVE HANDMADE BLOCK-PRINT ORIENTAL RUCKSACK
    Oriental hand-crafted block-print rucksack fixed by stitches accordance the figure.
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  • EXCLUSIVE HANDMADE BLOCK-PRINT ORIENTAL HANDBAG
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    $85.00
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