Bagru is a small town known for natural dyes and hand block printing in Rajasthan. It is 30 kms away from Jaipur, a 250 years old city. For over 200 years artisans of the Chippa community have practiced hand block printing in this region. Traditionally block printing was done by the natural dyes extracting colours from flowers and vegetables in Bagru print some of it is still practised. The block printing was done for women’s skirts known as Farad, specific prints were known by the vernacular names like Asmaani Farad, Jardi etc. The blocks from which the print was done on Farad also had vernacular names such as - for Asmaani farad block was called Dhaniya. Small motifs are called booti and big motifs are called boota. Shri Ballabh Kothiwal was born in Bagru on 6 November 1967. He started practicing Hand Block Printing from the age of 16 with the help of his parents, National Award winner Lt. Shri Ramswaroop Kothiwal and National Award winner Smt. Bhawari Devi. He received a National Award in 2003 which helped to exhibit his work in famous fairs such as Surajkund and Delhi Haat. Now, he is growing his work with the help of his family and continuing the tradition further. In addition to the traditional running fabric he has started making sarees, stoles and bedlinen.The materials used by him are natural mostly cotton.