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