Fashion & Research Feature > Anokhi and the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

26Apr10

Anokhi, a brand that has worked for over 30 years to revive Rajashthan’s traditional techniques of block printing. Created by Faith Singh and J.P.`John’ Singh and now run by their son Pritam Singh, they develop products in specialised areas such as appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and bead work, which now constitutes a significant part of their product range. Together with garments – Indian and Western in design – home textiles, sarongs and accessories, Anokhi offers a diverse and colourful selection of products.

Sonalika with Nawab Bashir Khan, Gold Printer with Anokhi since 1978, Ramgunj Bazar, Jaipur

Artisans who work at the head-office at Anokhi Farm.

Sonalika with Block Printer Shahadat Mir Khan, Om Singh Naruka's Workshop, Sanganer. Printing with Anokhi since 1996.

Sonalika at Zam-Zam block and screen printing workshop, Jaipur; working with Anokhi since 1987

The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing opened in 2005 to share the tradition of hand block pinting in India, especially within the local regions of Jaipur, Sanganer and Bagru. A heritage museum near the Amber Fort complex, it is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of printed textiles. Situated in the Chanwar Palkiwalon ki Haveli, a 16th century mansion recognised by UNESCO for its inspired use of indigenous skills and materials, the museum includes collections and changing exhibitions and displays borrowed from the museum archives and donors.

The museum’s mini-auditorium runs daily slide shows and short film documentaries on printing and dyeing. There are daily block carving and printing demonstrations. And Print making and block carving workshops for visitors of all skill levels.

<The museum also features the Anokhi shop and a cafe. Entry Fee – Rs 30 adults, Rs 20 students, Rs 15 children, Rs 50 still camera, Rs 150 video camera. Closed May 1-July 15. To know more, visit the museum website and watch the Geobeats video. All images from the museum website.>

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20 Responses to “Fashion & Research Feature > Anokhi and the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing”

  1. Reblogged this on Chronicles of Kar.

  2. 2 harika puvvadi

    want to visit ur store

  3. AMAZING BLOCKPRINTING.. I LOVE THE MUSEUM UN JAIPUR..ANOKHI IS FAB.

  4. 4 Char lee

    A visual feast…fine cotton textiles from Anokhi has inspired selected range of my craft works..a mecca for textile aficianado in India.

  5. 5 Mee

    So while I understand that art and craft must be appreciated and must be respected- does it not feel wrong when the premiums become so exorbitant that one loses the need for it? I wonder how much of those earnings really go to the artisans? Wouldn’t loss of opportunity eventually hurt this Brand? Or are they so focused on the elite shopper tat it does not matter?

  6. Good one, Love it.

  7. wow .. very nice blog
    Thank you very much.

  8. 8 rajvir rathod

    ” sakala and lisari really!! you dont say!! wow! even i wondered why is it that indian craft which has been around now for several centuries, finally seemed to be doing meaningful work…no doubt it must be because of the american woman who took it up as her cause; it must have been such a momentous occasion for indian craft. i truly agree with you, if only other americans take similar interest in many areas in india, where there are problems, and help solving them. imagine, child labour, dowry, infant death, education, healthcare, poverty all these problems can be addressed if the right americans visit the problem areas. thank god for them and you for pointing it out so clearly! its because of the initiative that folks like they take that will finally make the difference in india

    • 9 raina

      WHAT!!!!!
      there are tons of people doing a lot in their own country … read this blog to find just a few!
      when are we as a people going to rid ourselves of this social bias .. stigma.. (for lack of better words) ..

      no disrespect to the Americans – but this stuff just sickens me!

      • 10 raina

        ps. Im a huge Anokhi fan!
        who shot these… lovely concept! esp. love the one with the giggling women..

      • 11 Kavita

        The images are from the Anokhi website.

  9. Is it not amazing that it took an American lady to start the process of rekindling interest in Indian fabric etc. Kudos to her, we need a few more of these around. i love their clothes, have been buying them for nearly 14 years now. They are not cheap, as you would think of an Indian outfit, but very good quality.

  10. 13 padmajav

    I’ve been a great fan of Anokhi and its great to see behind the scenes! Thank you! And lovely pictures!

  11. I really like it when you represent diverse people on your blog.

    I’m always so afraid you’ll just showcase the fashionistas and forget about the true gems.

    This shot is very inspiring! Thank you!

  12. 15 Hilary

    I have been to Jaipur and found that artisans there are simply amazing.
    Thanks for introducing me to Anokhi. I know alot of us in the U.S. are interested in block printed designs! That blue kameez is really nice.

  13. 16 Sakala

    Is it not amazing that it took an American lady to start the process of rekindling interest in Indian fabric etc. Kudos to her, we need a few more of these around. i love their clothes, have been buying them for nearly 14 years now. They are not cheap, as you would think of an Indian outfit, but very good quality.

    • 17 Kavita

      Sakala: Surely, appreciating and promoting Indian art and craft cannot be restricted to Indians. smile. As for rekindling, Anokhi is part of a growing nourishing structure. There are many organisations such as Bandhej, Dasktar, Urmul, ANT, CCI, Craft Revival Trust, Dastkari Haat Samiti, SEWA etc that work to revive and promote Indian craft. Regardless of who the patron is, the craftspeople are people of the land, reviving and continuing a tradition of art and skill, and benefiting from it, and that is of real value.

    • 18 Bhuddas

      Not American

  14. 19 lakshmi

    visual orgasm..

  15. how beautiful, thanks for sharing.



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