This is Bagru village, where the main Maiwa fabric and clothing lines are created. Maiw emplyees spend several months a year here, designing, overseeing, and assisting the printing and dyeing.
Our arrival was a major event. Here is some of what greeted us as we got off the bus.
The main focus of dyeing here is natural indigo, and you can see the fabulous fabrics that are creating with this colour and with the carved blocks.
The dying is done in several dye pots. Each of these is ten feet deep.
The village uses a local mud, which serves as a masking agent, to create the white patterns on a blue background.
The fabric is dipped one or more times, depending on the desired shade of blue.
It is then carried hung on a stick by two women, and laid out in the sun to dry.
The block printing can be done using the mud, or using natural dyes onto a white or other coloured background.
Below you can see how the different blocks are stored, in boxes that show which blocks are inside. The block print manager told us that this is where all his money is invested.
The printing colours we saw were black, made with iron, red made with henna, and yellow made out of a plant whose name I didn't get.
Here are a some of the people we met.