The Bhadra tunic combines relaxed style with dramatic design. The fabric is created by a combination of techniques. Hand block printing, an ancient Indian art, uses hand-carved wood blocks to stamp the motifs in wax. Then the artisans further express their creativity by painting additional elements freehand.
The blocks are first stamped with wax and then connected with brush strokes.
The fabric is dyed in the khaki color and hung to dry. Then the areas that will remain tan in the final fabric are hand painted on, even areas within the block. It is then dyed in a dark charcoal grey and the wax is removed in boiling water. The original wax lines and block remain natural, the color of the fabric. The second wax lines stay khaki after the khaki dyeing process.
After the garment is sewn, it’s time for the hand-embroidered accents.
Take a look at how the hand embroidery is done by this skilled artisan in the video below.