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Dabu Printing

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Introduction and origin

Dusky hearty tones in a mixture of amazing prints – Daboo or Dabu Printing (Mud Resist Printing), as it is more generally known, is an antiquated Rajasthani printing strategy that includes scrupulous attention to detail across the numerous stages of making it.

Dabu, got from the word ‘Dabaana’ which means press, is a method of utilizing mud as an oppose, to make designs on indigo coloured texture. With its principal communities in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, this speciality prospers in territories that normally have clingy dirt like soil, effectively accessible in close by regions. Customarily these prints enhanced the lehengas and odhni’s of the ladies around there. The procedure is accepted to have gone back to the eighth century AD, in light of the most established known Dabu material, found in Central Asia.

This style of printing is regularly gathered with other customary Rajasthani Handicrafts like Sanganeri and Bagru. It is likewise supposed to be fundamentally the same as Batik print, however yet the procedure included is altogether different.

How is Dabu Printing done?

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The word Dabu means ‘Dabanna’ which means press. The fabric to be printed is washed, liberated from starch and residue. This process of Dabu printing includes the fabric absorbing water for a day and an additional two days in a blend of castor oil and water. It is then packaged and absorbing continues for an additional 24 hours.

The fabric is then washed in clear water for two ceaseless days to evacuate all hints of the castor oil. The fabric is then prepared for dying and printing to begin.

Following stage includes the procedure of mud opposing, which makes this print one of a kind and delightful. The mud is produced using fixings like mud, gum, lime and waste wheat refuse are joined. From that point onward, the glue is dried by sprinkling sawdust. This covering dust shields these pieces of the textures from dying, later on, making a one of a kind and brilliant effect.

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Fabric is spread out in sun, and later plunged into a tank of dye and afterwards again left for drying and is given an exhaustive washing to evacuate the glue and any abundance of colour.

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Finally, the lovely handcrafted product is made.

Types of motifs in Dabu Printing

Typically, in a large portion of the hand square prints, the nature-propelled themes are utilized. Some generally famous themes are-sunflowers, creatures, peacock, leaves, and natural products and  some geometric patterns such are vertical and flat lines, dotty lines and numerous particular shapes are made in Dabu print.

Dabu print motifs

Present Day scenario

Just like the Bagru print and Sanganer print are popular in the nations, Dabu print has picked up fame for vivacious and uncommon plans. Craftsmen are solely utilizing this compelling artwork for all sort of textures that hold an improving drawing with various shading conceals. Especially for the cotton and silk material, craftsmen are utilizing this print to leave an exquisite effect.

Where can you buy Dabu Printed Sarees?

If you are looking for authentic dabu print sarees, you can visit That’s Indian and see our collection of Hand Block Printed Sarees, the sarees are well hand crafted in soft cotton fabrics. You can click here.


Like the embodiment of earth, Dabu printing remains the primitive printing strategy. The art of Dabu print is still shielded craft of the craftsmen living in the town of Akola. In primitive India, the act of this craftsmanship was difficult and difficult to endure more. But today a wide assortment of articles of clothing, and home material are accessible in this procedure.

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Written by – Ankita Waykar

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