The process of Dabu block printing comes with its fair share of limitations, one such limitation is the requirement of many blocks for a lesser number of prints. So, for the first collection, inspiration was taken from geometry and the blocks were designed in such a way that they could be used interchangeably to gain more prints from a limited set of blocks. These prints were then used to make the menswear collection, ‘Jamiti’. The second project, ‘Belly Phool’, is the womenwear collection and was inspired by mogra flowers and was made keeping the contemporary market in mind. The children’s collection was inspired by the tales from ‘The Panchatantra’ and ‘Aesop’s Fables’. The Durrie collection was made in association with the women artisans of Sindsesar Kalan, where scrap textiles are converted into beautiful rugs. The collection called ‘Amavasya’ was inspired by the moon and its interaction with the hills and lakes. The fifth collection was inspired by the Japanese craft of Kintsugi and it uses a new machine stitching technique that was used to turn the silk/mashru scrap back into textile yardage which could then be developed into garments.
Keywords: block print, Dabu, durrie, indigo, textile waste