Third Workshop (Online) in Need Assessment Workshop series titled “Crafts, Tourism and the Pandemic - Gauging the Current Status” on 1st May 2021 for Block Printing Cluster of Jodhpur and Pipar by Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) in collaboration with NIFT Jodhpur and IIT Jodhpur

In continuation to the Need Assessment Workshop series titled “Crafts, Tourism and the Pandemic - Gauging the Current Status” organized by Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) in collaboration with NIFT Jodhpur and IIT Jodhpur, 3rd workshop (Online) for Block Printing Cluster of Jodhpur and Pipar on 1st May 2021 was organized.

Members Participated:

IIT Jodhpur

  • Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director & PI JCKIC
  • Prof. Sampat Raj Vadera, Head, Department of Physics & Co-PI JCKIC
  • Dr. Prasenjeet Tribhuvan, Assistant Professor, HSS
  • Dr. Preeti Tiwari, Assistant Professor, SME
  • Dr. Kaamya Sharma, Assistant Professor, HSS
  • Dr. Parichay Patra, Assistant Professor, HSS 

NIFT Jodhpur

  • Vijaya Deshmukh, Director

Block Print Producer

  • Yasin, from Pipar
  • Abdul Rahman from Jodhpur


  • Dr. Pratibha Peshwa Swami, Program Manager
  • Sh. Arun Khandelwal, Program Manager
  • Sh. Aamir Baig, Assistant Program Manager


Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur & PI JCKIC, welcomed all the participants and representative of block printing cluster from Pipar and Jodhpur. Prof Chaudhury said that hand block printing is very unique technique and it is not only used on textile but also on papers. He mentioned that the pandemic had economic impact on the craft industry and their artisans. He suggested that workshop should focus on the following:

  1. How the industry and artisans can be financially supported
  2. Digitalization – fro preservation of the designs, new innovations and marketing
  • Problems being faced by the block printing people in general and during this pandemic

Highlights of the presentation given by block printers:

Shri Yasin gave detailed presentation on natural dying process. He said that he had been into this family work from last 40 years and currently their 4th generation is being engaged in this work. He showed some of the products viz. Saree, Dupatta, Stole, Suit, Bed sheets, Napkins, Dining table mats, blankets etc on different kind of cloths like Kota doria, Kota silk, Georgette, Chanderi, Silk, chiffon etc. Some of the points highlighted during the presentation are  mentioned below:

  • They are using 100% natural dying for block printing
  • They are also exporting to America and Spain
  • Earlier the block printing are done on community basis
  • Now-a-days block printing are used as fashion
  • Earlier the block printing was limited to Skirts (Ghagras). New products as a fashion icon i.e. Stole, Saree, Blankets etc. has been developed.
  • Fab India has been associated with them from last 35 years

Shri Yasin also showed the Dabu block printing process which one of the rare & unique technique and very few people are doing it because of the paste used in it requires skilled workers.

Shri Abdul Rahman  briefed about Jodhpur block printing. He stated that due to scarcity of resources like space and water, 100% natural dying is not possible in Jodhpur. We are using mix of natural and chemical printing in Jodhpur. Most of the artisans are engaged in screen printing work instead of hand block printing in Jodhpur. He is among the few people doing block printing work in Jodhpur city. He showcased his wide range of products like Rajputi duppatta, plastic chamki work, Bed sheets, pillow covers etc. 

Problems Highlighted by Block Printers:

  1. Marketing is one the biggest problem. People are not aware about the hand block printing,
  2. Due to lock down, not getting job work from market.

Shri Yasin requested for support from JCKIC , IIT and NIFT  on below areas:

  • To assign some designers to help them for developing new designs.
  • To help industry in developing their own brand along with broacher and website to promote their products in local market.
  • Marketing support in order to help them in understanding the current market trend.


Presentations were followed by Question answer session and Discussions.

Workshop Glimpse

Workshop recording