I have the utmost respect for this humble artisan who has over 40 years industry experience. A shy, older gentleman of about 60+ whom is greatly respected within the design studio.
Nundageshaw (I always have a hard time pronouncing his name while badgering him at the printing table with my poor hand gestures) comes from a long generation of wood block printers, the handmade artisan technique handed down to him by his family.
Born in the region of Utter Pradesh, between Nepal and his current work place of Rajastha, he has travelled widely in north India to gain exposure of his craft, and now finds himself in textile rich Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan), inspiration being the main motivator for his latest move.
Unlike most Indian people, who have their lives mapped out for them by family members, Nundageshaw followed his creative calling in pursuit of a wood block printing career. Sadly an art that is dying out to mass production. Respectly Organic Bed Threads wishes to revive by way of telling stories inked into duvet covers.
He is always patient to my western themes that I wish to portray on my bed linen and frequently comes up with new ways of approaching a tricky design, especially that of working on certified organic cotton and with certifed organic dyes (a new experience for him and the rest of the design team). He loves to see the colour come to life on the fabric, as it truly is an evolving art as the colour takes to the fabric and slowing changes to the desired colour scheme.
Nundageshaw's respect for his art has been expressed creativity on all our bed linen designs.
The Technique – Wood Block Printing
Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks and is traditionally carried out by males. It is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of textile printing. Block printing by hand is a slow process yet yields highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.
Of all the countries, throughout history, it has been India that has resorted to printing extensively for the decoration of textiles and from whose posterity in the 16th century European and especially Dutch merchants bought such goods and placed them on the world map.