Block printing is a traditional printing method that has been used for centuries to create intricate and beautiful designs on fabrics. Sarees are a popular garment that is often made using the block-printing technique, and are highly prized for their intricate patterns and high-quality fabrics.
However, with the rise of mass production and the availability of cheaper, machine-made alternatives, it can be difficult to distinguish authentic block-printed sarees from knock-offs. In this blog post, we will provide you with some tips on how to identify authentic block-printed sarees so you can make an informed purchase.
Look for the block printing technique
Block printing is a traditional printing method in which a carved wooden block is used to apply dye to the fabric. The design is created by carving away the parts of the block that are not part of the design, leaving a raised surface that will hold the dye.
Authentic block printed sarees will often have a distinct and bold design, as the dye tends to be applied heavily and evenly. To identify authentic block printed sarees, look for prints that are bold and evenly applied. The design should be crisp and clear, with no smudging or bleeding.
On a side note, we at Mogasu strive at creating unique, authentic block-printed sarees inspired by Goa. Have you checked some of our beautiful sarees yet? Check out our Instagram page here to see how the block-printed sarees are made.
Imperfections are the key
It is common for block-printed sarees to have imperfections, as they are often handcrafted using traditional techniques. These imperfections may include slight variations in color or print, small irregularities in the fabric, or slight imperfections in the design repeat
These imperfections are generally considered to be part of the charm of block-printed sarees, as they are a testament to the handmade nature of the garment. In fact, many people seek out block-printed sarees specifically because of their unique, one-of-a-kind character.
However, it is important to note that excessive imperfections or defects may indicate that the saree is not of high quality. When shopping for a block-printed saree, it is a good idea to look for one that is well-made and has minimal imperfections, while still retaining some of the character and charm that is inherent to handcrafted garments.
Do check our collection of authentic block-printed mul sarees, soft chanderi silk sarees and linen sarees with zari! If you are in Goa, we would be happy to show you our collection and take you through all these little details that make our sarees unique.
Check the quality of the fabric
Authentic block-printed sarees are typically made of high-quality fabrics such as cotton, silk, or a blend of the two. The fabric should be smooth and soft to the touch, with a good drape.
To determine the quality of the fabric, try running your fingers over the surface of the saree. If the fabric feels rough or scratchy, it may not be authentic. Additionally, authentic block printed sarees will have a good drape, meaning they should hang smoothly and not bunch up or wrinkle easily.
Look for hand-done details
Authentic block printed sarees are often handcrafted, so you may find hand-done details such as hand-stitched hems or hand-dyed fabrics.
To identify hand-done details, look for stitches that are small and even, as opposed to large and uneven. Additionally, hand-dyed fabrics will often have slight variations in color, as each dye bath is done by hand and may not be identical to the last. If the saree you are considering has a uniform color with no variations, it may not be authentic. At Mogasu, we embellish our sarees with a cute hand-made tassel that adds to the elegance of the designs.
Check for authenticity labels
Many authentic blockprinted sarees will have labels or tags indicating that they are handmade or handcrafted. These labels can help you verify that the saree is authentic.
To find authenticity labels, look for tags or labels on the saree itself or on the packaging. These labels may include information such as the name of the artisan or workshop that produced the saree, or a description of the traditional techniques used to create it.
By the way, Mogasu sarees too are handcrafted with love!
Consider the price
While price is not always an indicator of authenticity, it can be a useful factor to consider. Blockprinted sarees are often handcrafted, which means that they are produced by skilled artisans using traditional techniques. This can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, which can contribute to the cost of the saree.
Research the seller
If you are purchasing a block printed saree online or from a seller you are unfamiliar with, it is a good idea to do some research on the seller to ensure they are reputable. Look for reviews or ask for references before making a purchase. You could check Mogasu’s reviews on Google, Instagram highlights and on our website.
By following these tips, you should be able to identify authentic block printed sarees and make an informed purchase. At Mogasu, we strive to create unique block-printed sarees by working with traditional artisans. Check our Shop page to see our collection of authentic block printed sarees in mul cotton, chanderi silk and linen.
Our sarees have been loved by our customers who have appreciated the unique designs, cool colors, and the comfort of the sarees. Do check our Instagram for real pictures of our customers flaunting the mul sarees, chanderi silk sarees and linen sarees of Mogasu gracefully!