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Bhagwati Lal Chhipa

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Represented by Sutrakaar

Mud Resist Block Print

Bhagwati Lal Chhipa

Work by Bhagwati Lal Chhipa

Bhagwati and his three brothers come from four generations of block printers. They use the dabus technique where wax and resin is applied to fabric and color is then painted over it. When the wax is washed off, the color seeps into the waxed areas of the cloth creating a diffuse color with an effect similar to batik. Block printing is then used to highlight the fabric. Dabus is a traditional art of Rajisthan, India. The colors of different fabrics were typically selected based on the age and caste of the person who would be wearing the fabric.

Bhagwati and his brothers are members of the New Delhi based non-profit Sutrakaar that supports and promotes traditional Indian crafts.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.