Essay On Block Printing

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Abstract India, since ages, is known for its culture, tradition and values. Various practices have been involved with the life of people and turned out as integral part of their life resulting to build the unique character of their own. Such unique knowledge is transferred from generation to generation by practice or stories, etc. one of such important traditional knowledge system is block printing. It had been associated with people of different parts of country. Such diverse practice gets uniquely evolved depending on the region they were being practiced. This paper deals with understanding the origin and process of block printing, evolution with time and resources, and the attempt made by responsible bodies to revive such an important dying…show more content…
In Song Dynasty (960-1279), this printing was extended to producing books as well as illustration. Before the invention of woodblock printing, seals and stamps were used for making imprints, which can be found in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The process for block printing on paper was perfected by the end of Tang dynasty. Once printing became widespread, it also stimulated the development of a sophisticated paper industry with many different specialized papers created for different purposes. Wood for printing blocks usually came from date or pear trees. Moveable-type printing was invented between 1041 and 1048 by Bi Sheng, a common man who was highly experienced in woodblock printing India has been renowned for its printed and dyed cotton clothes since 12th century and the creative processes flourished as the fabric received royal support in Rajasthan. (Anon., n.d.)The art of block printing, however, began much later, and the craft has since been passed down from generation to generation. Today, India is the major hub for block printing specifically regions of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat are the flourishing trade centres for hand block

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