Thursday I was able to return to the block-printing factory where we complete my printing. It was a much different day than Tuesday. More printers were at work and the boss lady was there so there was a serious intensity in the air. Mrs Raga has owned this business with her husband and they have been printing saris for more than 40 years. She told me that her husband creates most of the designs she puts together all the color combinations. These works are quite complicated because they will we often be tie-dyed in sections, with woven brocaded boarders and then printed on top. There may be over a dozen different blocks used in each design. I was able to video tape them printing. This particular work-room I was in had the silk printers working. They can create 4 saris a day. Each sari is 5.5 meters. No printing block is bigger than six inches and every inch of that fabric is covered. It seems that each piece is unique. Mrs. Raga said she did not want too large of an operation. What is important to her is the personal touch.
This showed, the printers seemed to take great pride in there work and their abilities. They each have their own rhythm when printing and the thump, thump of each block being printed creates a soft percussion throughout the space, although some printers could get quite loud depending on what they were printing.