Rajasthan, a land of warriors and craftsmen, boasts of various regions, each of which has something unique to offer to the world. Some of the offerings are so unique that they have put these regions on the world map. One such place is Sanganer; an ancient town in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan, which is a renowned center for textile printing as well as handmade paper.
A printing history that spans centuries:
The printing technique of Sanganer is world famous for its bright colors and unique patterns. Sanagneri printing is a type of hand block printing technique, which is around five centuries old. It was mainly developed between 16th & 17th century and the printed fabrics soon became the major item of export for the East India Company.
The then royalty of Rajasthan, allowed the migrant craftsmen of Gujarat settle in Sanganer, and that lead to the proper development of the Sanganeri prints in the 18th century. Even today, the inspiration derived from that heritage is visible in the craft.
The craftsmen of the Chippa community, who basically belong to the Punjab and Sindh areas, work hard to create these beautiful pieces of art. Almost all the members of the Chippa community are involved in washing, dyeing and printing of fabrics.
The motifs that tell a tale
The motifs of the Sanganeri style have several influences including Mughal ones – you can see a charming blend of bels, flowers, buds and leaves. You will also see versions of the mango motif, betel leaf and even jhumkas. Normally, the corners or the border of the fabric are embellished with bel patterns, while the inside has a variety of motifs.
Sanganeri prints depict the cultural flora and fauna of the region, from where it has originated. The motifs are usually flower based and some of the most prominent flower patterns include sunflowers, roses, narcissus, and at times, rudrakshas too. Fine lines, folk scenes and intricate detailing account for a major part of this work. The intricacy in the design is one of the highlights of the Sanganeri printing technique.
The story today
Initially, this printing technique was used only on sarees, but with a change in fashion trends, today, it is being widely used on kurtas, dresses, skirts, tops and even jackets.
Many fashion companies are creating fashionable attires with these prints and one of the leaders in the field is Shree the Indian Avatar. Their Spring Summer 2018 collection is inspired by the beauty of the humble sanganeri print.
A huge variety of maxi dresses, kurtas, skirts and tops inspired by this beautiful printing technique are now on display on the Shree website and retail stores. The Angrakha style dress, kurtas with jackets, dresses with jackets, tunic tops and skirts have all been created to provide comfort as well as stylish look to the person wearing it.
These lightweight and easy to carry styles, are best suited for the summers and allows you to express your style in a manner that is truly unique. When these stunning designs meet Liva fabrics, they create outfits that are ideal for both daily wear and special occasions.
The Shree team has worked hard on the silhouettes of this collection in order to maintain the originality of this beautiful printing technique.
You can explore the beautiful collections of Sanganeri prints at www.shreelifestyle.com or Shree exclusive brand outlets.