This week we continue exploring the different traditional prints of India. Let’s continue the exciting journey through various prints that we must have in our closets.


Lehriya Print- A Visual Invocation of the Flow-Leheriya print is a traditional tie and dye printing technique, which hails from the Indian state of Rajasthan. With the help of resist-dying, artisans create flickering striped patterns on an array of brightly coloured fabrics. The name stands for the structure of patterns typically created in Leheriya print, diagonal or chevron waves.

Dabu Prints- An Extraordinary Traditional Skill-Traditional art of textile prints that originated from certain pockets of Rajasthan, Dabu Print is created with a mud-resist hand block printing technique. A muddy mixture made of gum, lime and beaten wheat chaff is used to block out areas prior to and during an indigo bath, thus resulting finally in a unique pattern. Despite the time-consuming and laborious process, Dabu print has reemerged as a trending ethnic-wear print in recent years.

Sanganer Prints-Floral Designs-Sanganer Prints have beautiful delicate floral designs done on a white (pure white or off-white) background. The floral and leaf motifs of roses, lilies, marigold, sunflowers, and lotus are complemented by geometric motifs. The outlines of the motifs are printed first and then the color is filled in.

Paisley Prints – Indian Palm Leaf-This is a pattern that has a motif shaped like a droplet, in a recurring design. Paisley pattern is a very popular pattern, used in modern as well as traditional designs. The paisley motifs have floral/abstract swirls and intricate details incorporated into it, making each paisley motif distinct from countless others.

Pochampalli Ikat Prints- Resist Dyeing-Pochampalli Ikat, is a traditional garment that originates from Bhoodan Pochampally in the Nalgona District, Telangana State. The process used to do so is known as Resist Dyeing, wherein a host of methods are used to prevent the dye from spreading all across the fabric. As a result, the dyed areas are used to create specific patterns and motifs, which is what Ikat is all about. This technique is used in all Pochampalli Sarees with minor variations here and there.

 Temple Prints- Kanjivaram-These are pyramid like motifs, an abstract representation of temples of India – usually used as a border print. A classic Kanjivaram Temple border saree is a head-turner! They are a must have in any womans wardrobe!

Warli Prints – Tribal Prints-Warli painting is a tribal art practiced in the state of Maharashtra. These are stylized drawings depicting the daily life of the tribal people. This art can be seen as patterns on fabric – usually printed. The Warli culture is centered on the concept of Mother Nature and elements of nature are often focal points depicted in Warli painting. Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases.

Mural Prints-These are hand painted designs worked on cream colored Handloom sarees, traditional Kerala Kasavu Saree. Usually these paintings depicts Radha Madhavam painting – Lord Krishna along with Radha.

Seyali Bagru Prints-Seyali Bagru printing is a traditional printing process followed in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It makes dark-colored patterns (red, black, and sometimes blue) on a dyed or cream /yellow ocher background, all made with natural dyes on cotton fabric. Natural motifs are interspersed with geometrical motifs in this fascinating Indian printing. Vegetable dyes are used throughout the process.

Our country has been home to an impressive array of textile art forms, each with its unique story of origin, source of inspiration and weaving process. The allure of these splendid Indian prints spans across clothing styles and types as well as fashion tastes. Now that we have understood the different types of prints, we will be discussing the prints in vogue for 2021. So keep reading….


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