British designer Nila follows a family line of traditional textile artists in Rajasthan, India. Along with the backdrop of stunning Mughal architecture and rich historical culture, the art of hand block printing and supporting a small cottage textile industry is the main focus of Nila Rubia. Restoring ancient block print designs from Mughal ancestry and reviving the traditions are all a huge part of the designing process. Many prints have historical reference and depict a place, time and a community in the region. Nila Rubia researches and re-works these prints using unique color combinations that create a very subtle blend of East meets West. Each Nila Rubia piece is completely unique and ethically hand-crafted. Keeping these traditional arts and crafts alive helps to sustain artisan skills passed down through generations.
This is an incredible ancient printing tradition dating back to the 12th century but is still widely used and appreciated today. The designs are hand carved onto wooden blocks and printed by hand to give a wonderful home-spun finish to the fabric.
It is a stunning traditional Rajasthani dyeing method which is very similar to the Bandani and Shibori technique known as tie and dye. The cloth is twisted and tied according to the required design and then dyed in the chosen colour to achieve the classic stripe detail. A very famous technique that is typically traditional in Rajasthan.