While driving around Sanganer you see countless groups of men sitting carving blocks, large garment manufacturing workrooms, countless fabric merchants and meters of fabrics drying in the sun in any remaining open space. We stopped by just one of many small work areas where men are dying hundreds of meters of fabric right on the side of the road.

This particular operation uses chemical dye, the pile of empty blue barrels which once held the chemical dye powders are piled beside the vats where the coloured water runs directly into the surrounding ground.

I am interested to learn more about the effects of these chemicals, not only to the environment, but also to the workers who I saw with colour stained hands and feet, and the sewers and then finally the wearer. I am very excited to be working and exploring the world of the traditional natural dye and I am happy to have had a small glimpse into the synthetic chemical dye production here in Jaipur.

Hannah Mitchell