Kilol is a leading manufacturer of hand block printed fabrics, saree, dress fabrics, salwar suits, readymade garments, scarves, quilts (cotton fill/ poly fill), bed covers, duvets, curtains, cushion covers, pillow covers, kitchen linen, etc. on materials such as cottons of various counts including voile, canvas, tussar silk, crepe, chiffon, georgette, maheshwari fabric (cotton silk mixed), kota fabric and anything else that may be required. Kilol's range is entirely hand block printed
Kilol, which in Sanskrit means 'to play’, has imbibed the beauty of this craft. The company has no tall claims of originality, but its effort has been to infuse in its classic tradition a freshness of colours, to add a contemporary look. The work is done under close personal supervision to maintain quality. It is Kilol's endeavor to provide its customers with quality products and value for money, so that its customers are duly satisfied.
The art of Block printing has attracted numerous people down the ages. Scraps of cloth found in the ruins of Mohenjo Daro are evidence of the existence of this art as far back as 3000 B.C. History records important printing centers in Machlipatnam and Malwa, Gujarat. However, in the present context, Jaipur has become an internationally acknowledged center for block printed fabrics & textiles.
Block printing process dates back to the early 17th century. Sir George Wall wrote in his monumental work Indian Art at Delhi in 1902, "the Sanganer town of Jaipur state must however be regarded as the very metropolis of the calico printing craft of India so far as conceptions and techniques are concerned". So it was there that this charming art of printing started. As far as tradition goes, it is said that the great astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh was responsible for giving impetus to the art of printing. He invited artists and craftsmen from different parts of the country to settle here and under his benign patronage this art started to take roots so strong that today, almost two and a half centuries later we see a flourishing industry.
The main contributions of Sanganer printers are fast colours and meaningful, well-proportioned lyrical motifs designed for dupattas, odhanis, dress material, quilts and upholstery. The versatility of the motifs suited the occasion, place and patrons.
The king's courts were resplendent with motifs based on flowers like Rose, Nargis, Iris and Chrysanthemum. Small booties also derived from nature, like the Dhatura, Lavang, Dhania etc. decorated the rich cotton 'pharads' of the village folk. Fine lines, soft curves and refinement is the characteristics of Sanganeri cotton prints. Gradually, with time, the art of block printing came to be synonymous with Sanganer and later Jaipur, so that if a person would ask for a Sanganeri print, the retailer would immediately identify it as a hand block print. The process of hand printing can only be summed up with one word - laborious.
Printing blocks carved from sheesham or teak take five men up to three days to complete an intricate design. The printer may use from one to thirty separate blocks to complete a design. The printer stamps the cloth approximately a thousand times to complete three meters in five colours. From raw cloth to the finished product, the garment passes through at least twenty pairs of hands. The human energy input into an average garment is eight hours. Sometimes one wonders, with so many different minds working together, from start to finish, how it is possible to achieve a perfect result. The only answer is a wonderful creative synergy between teams, aligning block to block, hour after hour in silent communication. In workshops all over Jaipur, the rhythm of the block can be felt like a heartbeat as blocks connect with the table with a firm thump. The atmosphere develops a feeling of quiet satisfaction, as the workers display their unique ability, very alike a musician doing his 'Sandhana'. The strong current of creativity is what makes this labour, a craft.
The ultimate test of this craft is the preferences of the patrons. Enlightened customers have provided this craft with a strong economic backbone. Today, with the closure of mills, the craft has become a force to reckon with and holds high esteem in both foreign and domestic markets. This industry has finally proved its mettle, battling against competition from screen and mill prints, it has stood its ground. Surviving the test of time, hand block printing has emerged as a winner. Credit for its success goes to both the craft and the patron.