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Behind the Print: Bagheera

We get so many questions about how we design and create our whimsical pajama prints, and we wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at our Bagheera pattern. Keep reading to learn more about our artistic process and get our printable Bagheera Coloring Pages.
By Printfresh Staff
April 2020
Behind the Print: Bagheera
Behind the Print: Bagheera

Bagheera transports us to the markets of Old Delhi where artisans carefully paint tiny, stylized animals onto vintage postcards, their brushes so fine it almost looks as if they're painting with air. The leopard sits quietly beside an asoka bush, waiting to pounce on the next afternoon snack that passes her way. Bagheera is as poised as she is fearsome, and the vibrant leaves and flowers at her back complement her dangerous beauty.

Our Bagheera print was inspired by antique paintings of large jungle cats and decorative flora, as well as some of the amazing vintage textiles Amy has collected over the years from all around the world. Our designer Christiane hand-painted leopard and plant motifs with a mix of gouache and watercolor on colored cardstock. The paintings are a bit more detailed than the technique of screenprinting allows, so once scanned, they were reworked, simplified and color-separated digitally.

Behind the Print: Bagheera
Behind the Print: Bagheera

Once the motifs were perfected and put into a repeating layout, we started the process of finalizing the print and color! Amy and Christiane worked together closely, trying an array of different options before presenting final designs to the rest of our small team. When we finally decided on our favorite options, we sent the artwork off to our vendors in India.

We are so lucky to work with an incredible printing factory in India. Skilled artisans translated the digital Bagheera artwork into color-separated screens, and on a recent trip to Jaipur we were able to get a first-hand look at their process. The techniques they use to mix the dyes, stretch out fabric onto long printing tables (there's actually a special dance one of the master printers does while standing on top of the tables to get the fabric flat) and print each layer is really inspiring.

Behind the Print: Bagheera
Behind the Print: Bagheera

Shopping the Collection

We are constantly evolving this best-selling print. It is now available in many vibrant colors and a variety comfortable styles and sizes ranging from XXS-6X.