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    Shaadi Fix: Get A Book Of Wedding Cards Printed At This Ancient Litho Press

    Anuradha posted on 05 July

    Ten-Second Takeaway

    If you are looking for a wedding invitation that will truly captivate everyone, then we have just the thing for you. It is handmade, and it is printed on a heritage press.

    House Of Cards

    Your wedding is around the corner, and you have yet to figure out a wedding card that will be simple and elegant. And different. Head to Kolkata’s old idolmakers colony, Kumartuli. Here in the narrow lanes, inside an unassuming, shed-like building with no signage sit Biswanath Bag. The locals know him as Bishuda. He owns two old letterpress machines and many shelves and boxes brimming over with metal type — numbers, and alphabets in English, Hindi and Bengali. You will be getting your card printed from one of the few remaining old letterpress operators in the country. Letterpress dates back to Johannes Gutenberg and Bag is one of the few surviving members of this age-old tradition. Some of Kolkata’s oldest sweet shops still get him to design their logos fro those white cardboard boxes they give the mishti /mithai in. He has even worked on a book from an Australian customer who was bringing out a book on Gutenberg and his revolutionary printing process.

    His work doesn’t come cheap. An A4 page of type costs Rs300. But then who can put a price on beauty?

    Where: Bishwanath Bag, Nepal Neogi Street, near Kumartuli Maath, Oorepaara, Kolkata, India

    #LBBTip

    Make sure you have some time in hand as setting the type and printing may take a few days. Try not to bargain as 1) this is a skill, a vanishing one, and 2) like we said, it takes a long time to do the work.

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      Near Kumartuli Maath, Nepal Neogi Street, Oorepaara, Kolkata

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