When the day ends and it is time to sleep, after a long day's work, it is a pleasure to find our bed perfectly made with clean and well-maintained clothes. Wrapping ourselves between clean, soft and comfortable sheets favors our rest and will help us increase the feeling of well-being.On the other hand, keeping the bedding in proper conditions will help us avoid allergies and other health problems. In bed it is inevitable that dust mites and moisture are deposited, so it is important to take into account some basic tips .It is necessary to wash the sheets before using them for the first time, in this way we remove the remains of chemical substances derived from the manufacturing process.To prevent the growth of mites it is also advisable to aerate the bed every day before making it and if it is possible to receive direct sunlight. Ventilation and sun rays on the sheets help keep them healthy.It is recommended to change the sheets at least once a week. It is recommended to wash them at 30 degrees with a mild detergent. It is preferable to replace the fabric softener with a stream of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. It is more ecological and clothes are soft; if you don't like that smell you can add a few drops of essential oil of your favorite smell....
India has been recognized for its unique art and crafts since ancient times. Over the centuries, it has produced fabrics with different types of manual printing techniques. People of different customs and cultures use different techniques. Among the many, one of the most popular forms of hand printing here is - Block printing. While this traditional technique has been in use since ancient times, it has created a space for itself in the metropolitan cities of India today. Not only this, block printing clothing material is exported to countries around the world.This technique is typical of India, although its origins are Chinese, and it seems to date from the twelfth century. It is true that some previous examples have been found, but their use became widespread in this century.The technique of block printing is completely handmade and for its implementation only natural materials are used .The fabrics that are normally used are wool, silk and cotton. All of them are produced in considerable quantities in different regions of the country and, therefore, can be accessed easily and sustainably.India has many centers where these large-scale art and craft techniques are performed.Mainly, there are two types of block methodologies prevalent in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat: Bagru and Sanganeri. Almost identical to each other, what sets them apart is the background color in which they are printed. While Bagru's forms are performed on a red and black background, Sanganeri is performed on a white background. As far as other regions are concerned, block designs in the western part of India are usually fine, and those in the eastern parts are bolder and bigger.Wood carvingThe characteristic element of this technique is the seals carved by hand . They can be made of teak wood, but today most of them come from the sheesham tree that is native to India and belongs to the "Rosewoods" family.One thing that I did not know and that I found interesting, is the pre-carving preparation. Once the pieces are cut, they are immersed in oil for approximately 15 days to soften the wood and make it easier to work.The drawings are transferred to the wooden block using a white paste that they prepare with chalk. This way they make the light color stand out in the dark wood and it is easier to carve the drawing. They carve it with chisels or special gouges hitting them with another object that is usually a block of wood.As in any stamping technique, each matrix (in this case a wooden seal) serves to apply a different color zone. This means that if our design has 3 colors, one stamp will have to be carved per color. This is perhaps a bit complicated to understand.The whole process that I have introduced you before, you can see in this interesting video that I found and that seems very, very didactic:The process of printing block clothing material in IndiaFirst the seals are carefully prepared with an embossed pattern that is carved in the chosen material. For printing in several colors different blocks are used, that is, one per color, playing to marry the drawings or even sometimes overlapping them, producing different shades of color with the same print. The blocks are carved by hand, with which the detail, definition and fineness depend on the hand of the artisans. In the wooden blocks sometimes pieces of brass or copper are included to refine certain lines.The first step is to prepare the design. It is important to invert the image or text to carve the stamp, since the print will invert the drawing when applied to the fabric to be printed. At first, the fabric to be printed is washed without starch.If there is a need for dyeing, this is done before the process. If the fabric is already dyed, it is washed to remove excess color and dried in the sun.Then, the fabric is stretched on the table.Next, the blocks and colors to be mixed are kept ready. Typically, the blocks are made of teak wood and are hand carved. To soften the wood, they are usually soaked in oil for 10-15 days before use.To give the color a soft base, it is stored in a tray that rests on another tray that contains a liquid made of glue and pigment. This also helps in the diffusion of color in the block.As the manufacturing process begins, the color is first matched in the tray and the block is immersed in the contour color.Then, the block is pressed hard on the fabric. This makes a clear impression.Once the fabric is printed, it is left in the sun to dry. Then, it is rolled up in the newspaper to prevent the layers of cloth from sticking together.In addition, the fabric is steamed, washed with water and dried in the sun.Finally, the fabric is ironed before putting it on sale.At Roopantaran you will find traditional Indian garments with a refreshing and modern touch. Please make sure to visit our store.
There are unlimited number of options when it comes to choosing the right color of scarf for the ultimate look. But which one suits you the best ? In our blog we will tell you how to choose the perfect scarf color that will complete the perfect look you are looking for.The chromatic circleIn terms of fashion, each color has an impact on the spirit, but also on the climate of a room. The color circle represents the three primary colors (red, blue, yellow) as well as the other colors obtained after mixing these colors....
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A new range of Black designs was introduced last week.A typical aspect of black color printing is that , while it is printed in the rapid style we are unable to see the printing because the initial color base is a creamy white mixture. We have created a new range of geometrical designs like the Munder and Chevron Aztec and Leheriya.LEHERIYA BLACKMUNDER BLACKCHEVRON AZTEC BLACKCHEVRON AZTEC BLUEWe will be printing a new range of florals in the month of August, so stay tuned.XXXRoopali
After a lot of demand since last year , we have yet again introduced the vintage style Banjara Clutch Bag. These flashy clutches are a great party stopper accessory!!!These clutches come in 4 colorways : Aqua, Green, Red and Navy. So have a blast at your party waving this awesomely embellished purse with a detachable tassel.
This year 2016 started with a great buzz towards geometric prints. For our International craft show we created a new range of geometric prints. Chevron was the dominant one though.
Ajrakh, the Arabic word for Indigo dye, is a unique form of hand block printing done in the interiors of Gujarat. Ajrak craft products are made with natural dyes.The entire production of the products include both vegetable dyes and mineral dyes. Indigo is key dye.Ajrakh artisans use the age old Arabian geometric motif patterns in their creations. Ajrakh is an extremely laborious and a creative art form, however the older generations don’t want to pass this heritage to their siblings in the apprehension of this dying art due to the mechanization of printing processes.Roopantaran takes one small step to support this legacy of the Ajrakh printers.BUY AJRAKH THROWS HEREAJRAKH QUEEN INDIGO KANTHA THROWS Related ArticlesMore About AJRAKH
1st April is April Fools day, so they say, but I was enlightened by someone as to why it is called so.Well it suits the Indians well enough because April 1st is the start of the new financial year for us.This means that after paying our taxes to the government, we start all over again .....lol. But I started the April month with a Kissssss.......muah which parked on the cheeks of my neighbors son, Arnav. Cute kid though much chatty , yak yak you know . April is also the start of new school sessions, and Arnav has upgraded from tiny tots to 1st standard. Much more about Arnav when he breaks a thing or two..