Dabu printing

The process of Dabu Printing starts with the preparation of mud resist. A mixture of beedan and gound along with mud are doughed to make a sticky paste. The mud resist is then applied onto the fabric using the wood blocks. To quickly dry the paste, saw dust is applied to places where the mud resist is printed. The saw dust also acts as a binder which prevents any color penetration. The application of mud resist onto the fabric is followed by dyeing of it onto a big cauldron. The fabric is then thoroughly washed as to remove the mud application. This process reveals the non-dyed part. Some of the color however penetrates due by mud cracking. The result is veining which gives it batik like look to the fabric.