Block printing, one of the ancient techniques to embellish clothes and fabrics though has its roots in China and Egypt, Indian craftsmen have adopted it, refined it and have not turned it into one of the hottest designing trends of the 21st century. As the name suggests, block printing is done using a block of wood, commonly known as ‘bunta.’ Known to depict the hard work of artisans and highlight human imperfections, block printing has always been considered as real artistry. The artists need to focus on the weight exerted on the block and the alignment of the print. Since it is a job that only experienced artists can manage, block printed sarees and fabrics have always been in demand. Now a global fashion phenomenon, block printing has also been seen in home décor items as well.
The popularity of Block Print Clothing
While one can find beautiful block printed sarees, one can now come across beautiful hand block printed suits, kurtis, kurtas, Anarkali, shirts and other materials. This has helped this ancient technique to reach out to the younger generations and has also marked a global footprint. This has given the art an international appeal with a lot of brands including the style in their clothing lines.
What sets block printing apart from other printing and designing techniques is its hand-made nature, which ensures that no two fabrics are the same. Unique motifs such as flowers, animals, patterns, geometrical shapes, etc. can be transferred on to fabric with block printing only. There are virtually endless types of designs and motifs that can be developed using block printing, and it all depends on the expertise and skills of the craftsmen.
Latest trends in Block Print Clothing
Block printed sarees, accessories and apparels have been in vogue for quite some time. Famous in the northeastern states and central India, it is done on different fabrics and styles, producing a variety of designs and motifs. These designs include booti, bel, jhal, boota, and many others. They offer the perfect amalgamation of Indian culture and heritage reflecting a rustic charm.
Following are the latest trends in block print clothing that are setting the market on fire: -
Bid adieu to the plain old boring dupattas and grab the gorgeous block printed stoles and dupattas. Wear them with your salwar-kameez for the traditional look or ripped jeans and a white t-shirt for a casual look.
Dresses are always in fashion, so go get a block print dress and get that desi girl look. Wear them for a formal event or a casual day out with your girlfriends and believe it you will be turning quite a few heads.
Block printed kurtas are the most versatile and evergreen clothing trend this season. You can not go wrong with it whatever be the occasion, get a cotton kurta for a casual day out and a silk kurta for a formal event.
Wide legged, block printed palazzos are all the rage in the market right now. They will keep you cool and look stylish at the same time. There is no chance that you can go wrong with a block printed palazzo along with a printed kurta.
Sarees have always been the favorite Indian dress for every occasion, and when you wear a block printed saree, you are going to look absolute desi and gorgeous. Get a bright colored block printed saree and pair it with a printed blouse to look drop dead gorgeous.
If you are not up for a block printed saree, then a block printed blouse might do the trick for you. You can pair them with any type of saree you like be it plain or printed.
They say fashion is ever changing, but that does not apply to a block printed garment, as it always has been and always will be trendy and fashionable.