A short drive from Ujjain, Behrugarh is a village on the banks of the Shipra
A short drive from Ujjain, Behrugarh is a village on the banks of the ShipraRiver, best known for its batik printing craft. Batik is a traditional form of wax-resist printing on fabric that is popular across the globe. An ancient craft—that arguably originated in Egypt and parts of Asia, over 2,000 years ago—batik reached Madhya Pradesh during the Mughal period. Today, the village of Behrugarh has about 800 men and women engaged in batik printing.
This tedious process of printing is mesmerising. Wax is applied to fabric in designs before it is dyed. The wax resists the dye, and the process is repeated for different colours, allowing for a selective layering of colours. These photos are from Behrugarh Prints, run by Mohammed Iqbal.
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