Anokhi is distinguished by its prints and sense of designs, range
of colours and product quality For More than 30 years, Anokhi’s ideals
have been those of conservation and development, through the input of
design, marketing and project funding. The Company is well known as an
alternative role model for good business practices, and the ongoing
revival of traditional textile skills.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing - An
enormous amount of interest has emerged for block printing, its
history, continued vitality and use as contemporary textiles. At the
same time the craft is at that crucial stage where it needs an impetus
on several fronts. New design directions, improved technology and
enhanced skills to deal with the onslaught of machine printed fabrics.
One of the chief requirements was for the establishment of a
repository of information on all facets of the craft. A centre that
can disseminate information, exhibit and display the best of hand
block printed textiles.
Today there is no such facility that can provide information, or show
the best of hand block printing within Jaipur, Sanganer or Bagru
except in private collections. More worrying is the fact that the
craftsperson associated with this craft has nowhere to see and learn
about the former highs of their tradition and the new possibilities
that are possible by its contemporary application and innovation.
The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (Amhp)
is thus an attempt to focus attention on the existent tradition of
hand block printing. It intends to depict the traditional inherited
wisdom of a living indigenous craft in all its facets and unbroken
historic continuity, working towards the crafts furtherance to
contemporary aspirations, newer design initiatives, markets, technical
improvements, and greater sustenance to its practitioners the
Print Progress – Innovation & Revival - 1970 –
Block printing in the 20th century was at its lowest ebb in
the 1960’s, with very little innovation either in the production
process or within the range of products to bolster its commercial
viability and make it attractive for a market increasingly driven and
inundated by mill made fabrics and prints.
From 1970 onwards export houses with access to newer markets led the
rapid development in the craft. The need of the hour was to make the
craft viable by bringing in a new range of products and colour
palettes, so extending the traditional to meet a contemporary
aesthetic and life style.
Print progress – innovation & revival, 1970 –
2005 documents this period of regeneration in the hand block
printing industry. It tells the story of a revival in the hand block
printing industry and thus traces the contemporary history of the
craft. The pressures of a burgeoning export market & the proliferation
of chemical dyes and newer printing processes led to several
innovations as well as a revival of traditional techniques. Design
directions made the textiles more appealing to the varied world wide
This export boom which sustained the continuance of the craft in the
region was fortuitous, for the craft has come full circle today with a
revival of interest & increased patronage for hand block printed
textiles by the local populace.
This exhibition was made possible by generous loans from the extensive
archives at Anokhi.
The Anokhi Foundation
The Anokhi Foundation aims to help protect, conserve &
further the art, culture & craft traditions of the region. It works in
areas where sustainable intervention benefits local communities. The
foundation’s purpose is the promotion of people’s awareness to the
protection of their history, material culture & traditions of art &
The Foundation hopes to generate revenue and employment opportunities
through the sensitive preservation and promotion of living craft
traditions. It shall achieve the above through a continuous program of
publications, lectures, workshops & exhibitions, thus disseminating
knowledge and promoting cross cultural and inter regional dialogue.
The Foundation is constantly seeking like minded partners,
institutions & individuals to forge linkages with and enhance the
regions cultural industries.
The Anokhi Foundation is a charitable trust registered in India with a
focus on Jaipur and Rajasthan.
the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
The museum seeks financial assistance to
facilities at the museum
& contemporary textiles
Organize workshops /
seminars & exhibitions
Extend its outreach
programs to wider audiences
Open Tuesday - Saturday : 10:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday : 11:00am - 4:30pm
Closed Mondays, and major national & local holidays.
The museum will also be closed between May 1st and July 15th
for exhibition changeover and maintenance of the galleries