A Celebration of Crafts!! by Shweta Wadhwa on Flickr.
First Shop: Rani Hajira, Manikchowk
Currently at Badshah’s Raja Hajira Gate, Manikchowk
Excavations of dyed and printed fabric have traced the origin of block printing to seventeenth century Gujarat. Today, India is a major hub and within India regions of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat are the flourishing trade centers for Hand Block printing.
Many of the ancient and traditional skills of Indian craftsmen are losing their hold upon the Indian market. At Noormohammed Gamthiwala … patronized by the likes of Mrinalini Sarabhai, Mallika Sarabhai, Abhay Mangaldas to name a few, Ahmed bhai’s main aim is to keep this traditional craft of hand block printing and weaving alive!