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Ever thought what happens after printing?

Fixing of the colours – locally called ‘Ghan Rangai’.
This is a process in which the dye reacts with two mordants at two different locations on the same print giving two different shades of colors. The colours obtained in conjunction with the two mordants are red (with alum) and block (with ferrous). Fixing is carried out in large copper vessels (‘tambri’) which are heated by wood fire. Alizarin is filled in small cloth-bags (‘potali’) and dipped in the vessel. The quantity of alizarin dye is calculated by the experienced dyer. ‘Dhawadi phool’, a local flower is boiled along with alizarin to avoid patches and staining. Once the fabric is ready (usually it takes half-an-hour), it is taken out of the copper vessel and left on the ground for drying.

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