Finally the summers are here! Despite of being a creature of this hot and humid sea of dessert, Rajasthan, we enjoy our utmost love for food and travelling. There is a saying that you can see all the moods of weather in a day in Jaipur. This changing weather brings out globetrotters and foodie people on the streets. We love window shopping a lot and we do it like almost every evening. Shabby buildings, hand painted windows, large entrances in each market, etc. will make you fall in love with this royal city. Rajasthan is a living history of India where you find the most number of historic places and storytellers whose depiction will make you live in history.
Mohari family is also busy in welcoming summers. A slow sound of traditional song that plays in the background in the workshop makes workers work with joy. Printing includes a lot of involvement of water in work and hence working in summer with water is easier for workers. Also one more reason why printing in summer is more useful is that sun is the source of getting fastness naturally. The more fabric will dry in sun, the more colors will get brightness and fastness. Women who are doing kantha in our workshop can now work on the roof or any other open area. They say working energy is more in early morning and hence almost everyone reaches workshop by 9 am in summer. May the number of these beautiful people and their laughter keep growing in Mohari family! Happy summers! 🙂
Difference between eco-friendly printing and non eco-friendly is same as difference between screen and hand block printing process; it costs cheap. Printing fabric with natural dyes is the most popular and old technique of decorating fabrics but now due to limitation of various colors and their shades in natural-vegetable colors, other printing techniques have come into practice.
What is eco-friendly printing process?
Most of the people from textile industry are aware of AZO compounds and REACH substances. Description of certain harmful substances banned in European market is available in section 8 of REACH regulation. More than 1000 substances are specified as hazardous and can create skin and health diseases if used. Some European countries have prohibited importing any textile products that contains any of these substances.
In simple words, Azocolourants Directive 2002 / 61 / EC also known as AZO dyes is a name for synthetic dyestuffs group which is often used in textile printing. Aromatic amines that are harmful while in skin contact are released by Azo dye stuffs. It can be presented in colors or dyes, binder, emulsifiers and many other products that are used for making paste.
Each product used in making paste is available in both eco-friendly and non eco-friendly components. Non eco-friendly dye stuffs are way too cheaper and easily available in the market. Each product should be checked for Azo free and that complies with REACH components. Buying any finished product that contains aromatic amines of Azo dyes above 30 to 50 ppm may affect babies most and can develop derma because they have the most sensitive skin.
In MOHARI we maintain international quality standards in order to deliver fabrics that you would love to use and feel safe. In our entire process of hand block printing we are using products that are eco-friendly and using Azo-free dyes benefits in removal of metallic components that can induce chemicals in fabrics.