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Natural Dye Block Print Process Terms Translated from Hindi Into English

Indian textile make is complex to the uninitiated. Understand the block print process with natural dye printing terms in Hindi/Indian Slang translated to English.
 

Formal and Slang Indian/Hindi Usage

English Translation

EXTERNAL EXPERTISE

Raw Materials

1. Kasturi Cotton Kasturi is a heritage variety of cotton that is organically grown and typically woven into cambric textiles.
2. Kacha Kapda Raw Cloth (Grey Fabric/Greige Fabric)
3. Ghode kee naal Horseshoes, which were traditionally reused to create the black, iron water.
4. Sariya Raw Iron bars are heat treated to create black water faster. Sariya replaced horseshoes that were used traditionally.
5. Mota Desi Gud Black Indian jaggery
6. Harda The fruit of Myrobalan trees
7. Phitakiree Organic Alum
8.Anaar Ke Chhilake Pomegranate rinds
9. Emli Ke Beej ka powder Tamarind seed powder
10. Kali Chikanee Mittee Black clay/soil
11. Bidhan Rotten wheat powder, which is waste from local wheat processing
12. Gondh Acacia tree gum powder
13. Chuna Edible lime powder
14. Sawdust Buraada
15. Roda Seasoned Teakwood
16. Arandee ka tel 

Castor Oil

 

DIRECT PARTNERS

1. Kharabi Blockmaker
2. Kaareegar/Mudrak Printing craftsman
3.Dhobee Washers and finishers
4. Rangarez Dyers
5. Rang Maastar Colour formulator
6. Vipanan Prabandhak Marketing manager

 

INDIRECT PARTNERS

1. Party Indian textile slang for top customers
2. Kaapus Vyaapaaree Cotton traders
3. Thok Vyaapaaree Wholesalers
4. Naalaband Farrier/Blacksmith
5. Raddi wala Scrap collector
6. Ras vaala Juice shop
7. Dana Mandi Grain market
8. Atta chakki Flour mill
9. Badhee Carpenter

 

ESSENTIAL PROCESSES

1. Kala Pani Iron water
2. Shyahi All-natural black
3. Kocha Phitakiree Alum mordant
4. Begur All-natural red from Pomegranates
5. Dabu Datai Dabu Mud Resist Printing
6. Neel Rangai Indigo dyeing
7. Ghani Rangai Alizarin dyeing

 

OTHER ESSENTIAL TERMS

1. Sachas Wooden printing blocks
2. Pattas Work table
3. Tanga Horse cart
4. Ghode ke naal Horseshoes
5. Haritak Terminalia Chebula trees (for Harda)
6. Maath Indigo dyeing pits
7. Bhagona Deep cylindrical vessel
8. Bhatti Brick kiln

9. Bunkar Suvidha Kendra

Weavers Service Centre

10. Bhoomi Devi

Hindu Goddess of Earth & Fertility

11. Indra Dev

Hindu God of Rain & Thunder