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In India, it has been existence since the 18th century, originating in Rajasthan. Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh are two other states where the tradition of hand block printing on textile exists even today. This exquisite craft allows the most intricate of designs to be printed on sarees, adding depth to a light coloured body of a sari or decorating the borders and pallus to make them pretty. While traditional motifs such as paisley, floral or peacock prints are popular, nowadays contemporary block prints in geometric patterns are commonly seen on the bodies or pallus of sarees. While it is seen most often on cotton or voile fabric, hand block printing can also be used to decorate silk sarees. The Sakhi online store has a range of sarees with hand block printing, including Tussar silks with solid geometric prints, delicate chiffons with pretty floral motifs, cotton sarees with zig zag designs on the body and ornate motifs on the pallu, crepe silks with contemporary hand block printed designs and asymmetric prints on organza sarees. The collection includes everyday wear in cotton to shimmering silks that are glamorous enough to be worn to parties.[ - ]
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