Sunday, February 7, 2016

Block carving

 Blocks, hand-carved out of teak, are used to print fabrics.  This is a family business in Jaipur, and Maiwa has been working with them for years.  Here are some of the wonderful designs

Designs are first drawn by hand, and then a series of dots are tapped into the wood to outline the design.  The tools are a set of about a dozen small chisels.  The wooden hammer have a groove carved into the one end, so that the taps on the chisels can be more precise.

Then another artisan carves out the main shapes, first in rough form.

And then another person carves out the fine details. You can see that the teak block's surface is painted with white, so that carvers and printers can better see the design.

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