Hand Block Printing: Experimenting with Assorted Surfaces and Inks
Keywords:Block printing, Assorted fabrics, Varied block surfaces, Printing inks, Print impression.
Block printing has gained attention in academic discourse over the years due to its primacy in the art of printing. This oldest method of printing which is believed to have originated from Asia is currently practiced globally. In Ghana, the art is locally known as Adinkra printing, which essentially rely on a natural dye called Adinkra Aduro and calabash as the chief block surface for printing. Despite the popularity gained by this traditional art, little has been explored with respect to block surfaces, fabrics and printing inks. The Adinkra Aduro which lacks a colour fastness property is printed only on woven cotton fabrics. With the art studio-based research method, this study sought to explore varied block surfaces on assorted fabrics with both water-soluble and water-insoluble printing inks to open the horizon of block printing in the Ghanaian context. The study revealed marvelous effects which could be achieved with other block surfaces apart from the calabash surface used by Ghanaian textiles artists for block printing. It is recommended that, the block printing sector of the Ghanaian textiles industry would extend their resources to varied block surfaces and printing inks if not the fabric, to broaden the scope of the art.
Copyright (c) 2021 George Kwame Fobiri, Timothy Crentsil, Solomon Marfo Ayesu, Rowena Fatchu Kansanba
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).