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We visit a village called Bagru in India where fabrics are made by an ancient method called block printing. Ajeet is a garment exporter who takes his daughter to show her the process by which her favourite dress is made. She is inquisitive and he explains the process to her step by step, from the carving of the wooden blocks through to the final dyeing and drying. Finally she sees the fabric from which her dress is made, finished and drying in the sun.
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18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Hand and footprints are often children’s first introduction to printing and provide lasting artwork. A simple potato print will also demonstrate to the youngest child the basic techniques of printing. Whilst the shape remains constant, the colours and positioning of the image can be varied widely. Children can create their own wallpaper, wrapping, posters or single images for cards using basic printing methods. Children can experiment with different, varied and interestingly textured shapes to discover the kind of print they can make. This might involve plastic bricks, sponge pieces, fruit and vegetables, found objects or a teacher’s selection to create printed images. Collaborative designs on lining paper rolls make impressive displays to fill larger areas. A repeated image makes a unique and interesting border around a display board. Children can make unique printed cards as gifts for special occasions or hand and footprint animals by adding eyes for example.

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