The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing located in a magnificently restored haveli (mansion) is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of hand-printed textiles. The museum houses permanent collections as well as changing exhibitions which cover a broad range of subjects from contemporary design and fashion to traditional materials and artisans. The collection consists of a varied selection of block-printed textile alongside images, tools and related objects—all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition.
The permanent collection displays a range of natural and chemical processes including dabu mud-resist printing, and gold and silver embellishment. A display of wooden and brass blocks with carving tools highlights an aspect of the craft that is often neglected when discussing the beauty of printed cloth. The galleries are divided into heads namely:
The visitors have an opportunity to interact with the artisans and try their hand at the craft in the block printing and block carving demonstration area. The museum conducts workshops for school children, colleges and provides either a general tour or a special exhibition tour. The museum supports an ongoing research program to study block printing, particularly in select regions of northern India, which has resulted in an ongoing series of publications with related museum exhibitions.