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Also known as “silk screen” or “screen printing”, serigraphy is a laborious technique where a stencil is used to superimpose a design or image on a very fine mesh screen. The artist applies ink with a squeegee while blocking out areas on the fabric. It results in an image appearing on the surface placed beneath the screen.

“To draw through silk” is a literal implication of Serigraphy, an English print technique initiated in the early 20th century. Carl Zigrosser, an eminent curator of prints of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts coined the term to distinguish fine art prints from other screen prints. Serigraphs have been popularized by acclaimed artists like M.F Husain, S.H. Raza, Paritosh Sen, Lalu Prasad Shaw and others. In 2000, Husain designed his own serigraph scrolls and had 500 editions of his ashta vinayak made. Galleries like the Serigraphy Studio have legitimized this print technique by holding exhibitions and applauding the artistic creations.


Jogen Chowdhury, Yogi and the dancer, 2006, serigraph, multicolor individual print, 22 x 30”.