Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing – Part One

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ANOKHI translates as unique …..

On the outskirts of Jaipur near the Amber Palace is a village called Amber. Here is located the wonderful Anokhi Museum. Anokhi have several shops throughout the major cities of India and is my great weakness to visit and buy a few pieces of their superbly crafted fashion.

For over 40 years, Anokhi’s ideals have been those of conservation and development, through the input of design, marketing and project funding. The Company is well known as an alternative role model for good business practices, and the ongoing revival of traditional textile skills.

http://www.anokhi.com/museum/home.html    

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This is the sample hand block piece that I had a go at in the workshop which is demo purposes mainly, was great fun and afterwards felt I could easily get into printing fabric at home if given the chance.

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A purchase for me from the museum shop which sells original pieces, only sold here. A ‘ghagra’  is the traditional attire of northern India, amongst mostly tribal women and is a form of skirt which is long, embroidered and hand pleated. It is worn as the bottom portion of a Gagra choli. It is secured at the waist and leaves the lower back and midriff bare. My ghagra was hand block printed at Anokhi and is supplied already sewn and twisted up as it should be after you next wash it! It is beautifully made and looks really good as a skirt but also great over punjabi thin cotton trousers in the layered style.

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