WHO MADE IT?
Master Artisan : AMEER BAKSH
Ameer, is a Master Artisan, who has acquired the intricate art of hand block printing and the utilization of vegetable dyes through a rich lineage of ancestral knowledge passed down through generations. His exceptional expertise lies in the creation of a diverse array of colors derived from natural materials, such as minerals, vegetables and plants. Recognized for his remarkable skill, Ameer has been extended invitations by many countries, including Turkey, to impart his expertise through workshops focused on natural dyes and hand block printing techniques. Ameer is also one of the few cultivators of Indigo in Pakistan. He currently resides in a small village in South Punjab, where he operates a home-based workshop with his sons and grandsons, passionately continuing practice of his craft.
HOW IT’S MADE?
Technique: HAND BLOCK PRINTED
Hand block printing is a timeless craft that has been practiced for centuries originating from Mohinjodaro civilization in present day Pakistan. It involves the creation of intricate designs on fabric using hand-carved wooden blocks. This traditional technique requires a skilled artisan to carefully apply natural dyes or pigments to the block and then press it onto the fabric, transferring the design.
Hand block printing offers a unique charm and authenticity to textiles. Each piece created is a labor of love, as the artisan meticulously aligns and repeats the block pattern to achieve a seamless and visually captivating result. The process requires precision, patience, and an eye for detail.
This art form not only showcases the artisan's creativity but also celebrates the use of natural materials. Vegetable dyes derived from plants, flowers, and roots are often used, resulting in a rich color palette. The colors obtained from these natural sources possess a distinct beauty and offer a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to synthetic dyes.
Hand block printing holds cultural significance in many regions around the world.It represents a connection to heritage and tradition, preserving ancient motifs and designs that have been passed down through generations. Each pattern tells a story, reflecting the unique cultural identity of Pakistan.