Doria and Dabu Printing #AtoZChallenge 2017


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From the desert sands of Rajasthan comes another fabric that I simply can’t get enough of. Doria is a fine cotton silk blend that is lightweight and paper thin. It has a unique delicate open mesh like weave that allows the air to pass through. Its is so fine that it is almost transparent and when printed with  block prints as it often is, becomes an exquisite creation.

Also known as Kota , this fabric is made up of cotton and silk yarn in different combinations in warp and weft. They are woven such that they produce square check patterns in the fabric. These checks are popularly known as “KHAT”.

While Doria is commonly woven with more cotton, these days doria in silk is also finding currency.

I love this fabric with its ethereal beauty and find it perfect to wear on a hot summer day.

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                             See how fine and see-through this unique checked net fabric is

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Dabu prints

I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that everyone is familiar with Dabu prints . You see them everywhere: on saris, table cloths and clothes for men and women. Their lovely earth colours in deep maroon, indigo and henna green are rich and elegant and rustic at the same time.

Dabu printing is an ancient mud resist block printing technique from Rajasthan. Like most Indian handicrafts that languished in the March towards Modern Times, it has been thankfully revived . It is highly labour intensive and is a popular village industry.

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I’m afraid I’m a bit confused about this print which I found in my cupboard but I am quite sure it is a dabu  because it is a hand block printed sari from Rajasthan.

Disclaimer : I am neither a textile manufacturer nor a historian . I am just passionate about textiles and fabrics. I have gathered all my information from the Internet. Please excuse any errors and omissions.

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Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

36 Comments on “Doria and Dabu Printing #AtoZChallenge 2017

  1. Ah! Your post has brought back so many memories. We have stayed in Kota for 20 years. I remember mom’s stiff and beautiful Kota Doria sarees and my dupattas of this material.
    We have bought innumerable Kota Doria sarees for our friends and relatives as they were perfect for gifting.
    And Dabu print is one of my fav too. It’s best for summers and is best found in the wall city of Jaipur.
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  2. Wow! I love this…and I am such an idiot to have missed it..I completely forgot about your theme, Sunita! So sorry!
    I learnt textile designing long ago but didn’t pursue it further. .But I love clothes, fabrics and the history behind them.
    The kota saree has been one of my fav because of their sheer beauty and delicate texture . I don’t own a saree in Kota, but would love to get one..And the dabu print you wrote about. .I was under the impression that it was Sanganeri prints…block prints, from Sanganer. Is it the same?
    Am definitely going to follow your blog for the rest of the month my dear girl!

    1. Thanks Shilpa. I am not a textile person but from what I understand If the block print is made with dabu ( a mud and lime paste mix) it is Dabu. It seems that Bagru and Sanganer are slightly different and Dabu is mostly in Jaipur.

  3. I think Indian Textiles and prints are gorgeous and have not been given their due. Kudos for choosing a theme that would throw light on them and thereby peopole interested to know more.
    I love the cool and crisp look Doria bestows on the wearer.

  4. Really interesting series Sunita. I love fabrics and it is great to know terminologies to many common Indian textiles. Lots of hard work going into your posts I can imagine. It should make for a lovely coffee table book if you decide to get your posts published. Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks Neha…. I’m running short of time and will visit your blog tomorrow…. before my own toddlers come ( Im a babysitting granny blogger)

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