Rogan printing

Rogan printing is an art of cloth printing practiced in the Kutch District of Gujarat.

Rogan printing involves using a thick bright paste to paint on plain cloth. The paste is prepared by boiling the oil of safflower, castor or linseed and pouring it into water.[1] This paste is mixed with chalk, coloured pigment and a binding agent to form a thick dye. The painting on the cloth is done using a stick, a rod or a metal block. Yellow, blue and red are the most frequently used colours.

Geometric and floral designs are most common. Stylish results can be achieved using the most ordinary cloth. Rogan-printed cloth is used for saris, wall-hangings and curtains, among other uses.


  1. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya (1976). The glory of Indian handicrafts. Indian Book Co. p. 34.
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