Hand printed textiles / Tie and dye / Woolen items like shawls

The art of making Indian block printed textiles is a labour-intensive, painstaking process that has survived from ancient times to the present. Scraps of cloth found in the ruins of Mohenjo Daro, an ancient city of the Indus Valley civilization, provide evidence that block printing was practiced in India as long ago as 3000 BC. The art flourished in the 12th century under the patronage of the rajas. The 17th century saw a revitalization of the art and block printing of fabric by hand is still now a thriving activity.