Tribal Block Print Fabrics In Rural Rajasthan

The dots on this fabric are reminiscent of bor, a small, round fruit that grows well in Rajasthan’s harsh, desert climate and is widely enjoyed there.  The design is worn by married women of the Kumhar (potters) and Chaudhury (owners of small landholdings) communities.  The dots are also said to represent the matkas, round vessels for storing drinking water, made by the Kumhars. 


Tangaliya is 700 years old traditional hand weaving technique, Legend tells us that centuries ago, in the stark landscape of Saurashtra, a Bharwad man married a woman from the weaver community amidst great opposition from both sides. Nevertheless, it was a marriage that would forever influence the rich tapestry of Indian craft. The children born to them were known as Dangasia, born of shepherds and weavers, and they created the art of Tangaliya weaving.


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