DABU PRINTING

 

At FGL Store we work towards being as sustainable as we can. We strive to create a long lasting wardrobe.
All of our garments are developed with a family business in Jaipur, India. 

 

 

They work with small scale production and with a unique technique, dabu printing - where they use clay and wood blocks to print patterns on fabrics.

 The process is truly special and an ancient Jaipur print technique passed down in generations. Each family has its own recipe.

We want to show you the process - how it works when they print our "Blooming Blue" pattern as used on the shirt Miranda is wearing.

 

This fabric i going to be bags printed in the same pattern. The cotton fabric has already been colored greyish blue once with a mineral called kashish, an all-natural color process. 

 The fabric has then dried and is ready for printing. 

 


Each family has its own prescription of clay used for printing and the ingredients are clay mud, limestone, mimosa tree, wheat and grain mud. Patterns are carved out of wooden blocks that are dipped in the mud and then pressed on the fabric.



It is Dafu Devi who works with our fabric today. We work with families that mix both men and women equally at work. 

We are glad to the fact that everyone is working side by side with a lot of laughter and warmth.

 After pressure, sawdust is poured over the pattern so that the pressure does not smuch.

 

Dafu Devi draws down the fabric on one side of the work table, giving space for fabric that has not been printed yet. Time to continue with the rest of the piece of cloth. After the printing process, the fabric may dry on the roof in the sun and wind before dipped in color.


We're working with Indigo - from the flower Indigo. The fabric is properly dipped and gloves are used in order to avoid getting blue, but the water is totally harmless. The colouring process is from natural materials like the indigo flower, which means a security for all those who work with the process, as they are not exposed to the chemicals that are commonly used in textile manufacturing.


The fabric turns green when exposed to acid, the color changes immediately to blue. This process of indigo is often repeated several times after the fabric is dried to achieve several tones in the fabric.


The fabrics are dried directly on the ground, under the hot sun or hanging from rooftops and various drying positions.

 

After this, the fabric is washed properly to loosen the clay. Just here a married couple works together -  they stand in the water working and change every other hour.


The fabric is knocked against the stone hills for the clay to let go and for the fabric to be clean. Then it is dried again. 

 

 

The process ends with the fabric being boiled in a large copper pan in a bath of alum and dried flowers for softness and color strength. Then it is once again dried in the wind and sun. Minimal environmental impact. It's an incredibly amount of work to make these fabrics, and proud little family companies are behind this shirt. And we are extra happy when wearing any of our garments that's printed and dyed with the same procedure. 

 

 

All garments are sewn by hand after this pattern making process and made in small collections with a durable thought behind them - in contrary to fast fashion.

 None of the textiles are exactly alike, they are unique in print and how they later are cut. 

As you can tell, all of our products are made at a purposely slow pace. Production time solely depends on our beautiful mother nature.

FGL - the sustainable choice for your wardrobe