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.   

 

Category
Arts and Crafts
Established
2019
Opening Days
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Visiting Hours
10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Best Time to Visit
11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Entry Fee
Applicable Rs. 100/-
Average Duration
1-2 hours
Address
Titanwala Bhawan, Adarsh Colony, Bagru, Jaipur
Facilities
Managed By
Private Organization
Person In-charge
Owner, Suraj Narain Titanwala
Email
titanwalatextilebgr@gmail.com
Phone
9414204408, 9460634605
Additional Information
Workshops on natural dyeing and block-printing can be conducted with prior notice to the museum owners. One can also conduct research and experience live demonstration of all the activities such as indigo dyeing, dabu block-printing and fabric drying.
Museum Mapped By
Nehal Rajvanshi
Interesting Things About the Museum
Suraj Narain and his son Deepak Narain have great knowledge and details to share about the craft of block-printing and they devote their time to visitors with utmost sincerity and warmth.
Since the museum is established on their private space, which also houses their production units, visitors can get hands-on-experience of dyeing and printing. There are different workshops where artisans practise dyeing like indigo dyeing and block-printing. Narain can also arrange workshops for visitors on these with prior request. One can also interact with these artisans and the entire space makes a great place for research on the subject.