Titanwala Museum is located in the block-printing hub of Rajasthan, Bagru. The museum was established by Suraj Narain Titanwala, a national awardee, who belongs to the Chhipa community of traditional block printers. It was officially inaugurated by Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani in February 2019. Dedicated to the preservation of traditional hand-block printing, this museum is one of its kind in the country as it houses around 300-year-old blocks, natural dyes specimens, and tools used in this craft.
The museum has two galleries that explain the step-by-step process of producing a hand-block printed fabric. The first gallery gives an insight into the art of wooden block-making which is practised by the Kharaodi community—the vegetable dyes used in the process such as pomegranate peels, turmeric, horseshoe rust, tamarind etc, and the different tools, vessels and other objects used for printing. The fabric samples on display here shows the effect of each dye on the fabric.
The second gallery houses the old wooden blocks which are Suraj Titanwala’s family heirloom, passed on from four generations. Blocks of different shapes, sizes, and designs convey the changing needs and traditions over the years—a major attraction is the exclusive Krishna block at this gallery.
The galleries also have old photographs of the family on display. There are some books and journals that talk about the family’s achievements and international recognition. Titanwala produces his own hand-block fabrics in the workshops functioning at the same complex.