Bagh is a small tribal town in Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh (India) “Bagh” caves of 3rd and 5th century and the ancient temple dedicated of Bagheshwari Devi which is located in the close vicinity to pacify the large tiger population area. Bagh Prints derive its name from the village Bagh and the village name bagh derives from the high population of tiger in Bagh. The village of Bagh is situated about 150 kilometers from City Indore in the state Madhya Pradesh. It is located in the hilly region of western India and inhabited largely by the bhil tribal communities. The Khatri community of the Traditional Block Printers here are the migrant from Larkana in sindh to this town about 400 years ago as per the local hearsay.
Cotton & Silk cloth is treated in a traditional mixture of Corrosion of Iron, Alum and Alizarin. Traditional designs are filled by hand by highly skilled craftsman. The finished cloth is washed in flowing river water and sun dried for a perfect finish. Mr. Mohammed Yusuf Khatri has been working since the age 8 and learning the complex nuances of the traditional techniques and vegetable dyes, Mr. Mohammed Yusuf Khatri is awarded the Shilp Guru, the highest award in the field of handicrafts sector in India, as well as a Gold Medalist. He was awarded Two National Awards by the Development Commissioner of Handicraft & Handlooms, Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India in the year 2003. Mohammed Yusuf is the only Indian Craftsman Who feels proud to receive two National Awards. Besides he has got Seven Awards from International UNESCO. he was awarded with State Award by Government of Madhya Pradesh, and he has been receiving many prizes and honors time to time by M.P Govt.
Bagh is famous for two things. One the Bagh caves which housed till a few years ago ancient Budddhist paintings. And two, the exquisite craft of block prints and vegetable dyes.
Products of artisans crafts were made for and used by the local communities. They were a part of the traditional village economy as much as traditional aesthetics. A few salient details concerning the colors and patterns of Bagh textiles and the communities in which they found special favor. The design repertoires of Bagh Block Prints cove geometrical and floral compositions in predominant red and black colour. Bagh Prints received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2008, (GI) Registered No. 98