'Griccia' è un termine usato dagli antichi tessitori della seta del xiv e xv secolo, indicante un fregio a sviluppo in genere verticale, come un tronco che sostiene elementi decorativi come l'ananas, la pigna e il melograno.

sabato 23 marzo 2013

Block printing

DSC04432Una delle visite più interessanti durante il mio ultimo viaggio è stata quella al villaggio di Bagru la cui specialità è la tradizionale stampa su tessuto mediante blocchi di legno intagliati.

Conoscevo questo tipo di decorazione ma non avevo mai visto gli intagliatori al lavoro. E’ un incredibile lavoro di pazienza ed abilità, a volte gli intagli sono così fini e sottili che si stenta a credere che possano essere stati realizzati a mano e con tanta accuratezza.
Soprattutto vedendo come stanno seduti!


DSC04431One of the most interesting visits during my last trip was visiting the village of Bagru, whose specialty is the traditional block printing of fabrics.

I knew about this technique but I had never seen the carvers at work. It is an unbelievable work of patience and skill, sometimes the carving is so fine and thin that it is difficult to believe that it has been  hand made and with such accuracy.
Especially seeing how they are sitting!



DSC04434Viene usato un legno durissimo a bassa usura (palissandro o tek), cosparso di calce su cui è poi riportato il disegno. Poi, via di cesello e martello: vedere lavorare gli intagliatori è affascinante, i loro colpi sono veloci e precisissimi. Dopo tutto cominciano il loro apprendistato giovanissimi.

A very hard wood is used (rosewood or teak) with a low wear rate, then covered in lime on which the drawing is transferred. Then, go with chisel and hammer: looking at the carvers at work is fascinating, their strokes are quick and very precise. After all they start their apprenticeship very early.

blocchi1Ci era stato richiesto di portare un nostro disegno per farci fare un blocco, la qual cosa mi aveva gettata nel panico più totale. Avevo deciso di rinunciare e di limitarmi ad acquistare qualcosa di pronto, ma visto che l’India è un paese che mi ispira in molti modi, sono riuscita a buttar giù un paio di schizzi e questi sono i miei blocchi. (Perdonate la qualità della foto, sono ancora senza macchina fotografica)

We had been requested to bring a drawing to have our personal block made, and this had me in total panic. I decided to give up and buy a ready made one, but since India is a country that inspires me in many ways I was able to make a couple of sketches and these are my blocks. (Please excuse the quality of the pictures, my camera is still under repair)

La mia amica Elisa, grande viaggiatrice ed esperta sull’India, ha scritto un esauriente post con magnifiche foto sul suo blog che vi consiglio vivamente di leggere.
My friend Elisa, excellent traveler end expert of India, wrote a thorough post on her blog. Although it is in Italian, her pictures are fabulous and I suggest that you have a look.

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13 commenti:

  1. Block printing is something I would love to be able to do - your blocks are absolutely beautiful!

    RispondiElimina
  2. Hello Blandina,
    Another lovely post and it gives me so many impressions of people who I have to admire because of their skills and patience. Love your block, there is no need for you to panic because I think you are very talented.

    RispondiElimina
  3. always amazed at the intricate patterns they create. i have a few blocks but haven't done anything with them yet.

    RispondiElimina
  4. Incredible and how patient they are. Really beautiful, one of a kind patterns - and so cool you got to have your own made. What will you do with it, I wonder?

    RispondiElimina
  5. Awww, it is beautiful !!! What a delicate and special work. It must have been an amazing trip, Blandina ...^___^

    RispondiElimina
  6. How beautiful. I have always seen pieces of these blocks, antiques probably, and they have always fascinated me. How wonderful that you were actually there to see the carving being done and that one of your own designs was put on a block. Lovely!!

    RispondiElimina
  7. it's wonderful to see the carvers at work. I have several blocks - can't resist buying one every time I go over to Maiwa, I love to use them.

    RispondiElimina
  8. I have an old block that I picked up from somewhere and it has been wonderful to learn how it was made. Sounds as if your trip was fantastic.

    RispondiElimina
  9. :)Happy to know you enjoyed what you saw.

    Hugs,
    Deepa

    RispondiElimina
  10. You are a brave traveler! I agree, the wood blocks they made from your designs are beautiful! What a unique opportunity!

    RispondiElimina
  11. Aren't they amazing to carve such intricate patterns. That flower block is just beautiful.

    RispondiElimina