All of our printed fabric is hand done by artisans in a village located in Rajasthan, India.

Hand block Printing

The tradition of block printing here dates back over 350 years. The technique begins with an artisan who hand carves each design into a block of wood.

For each color of the pattern a different block is needed.

Once the fabric is washed and ready, printing begins. Dipping the carved block in the dye color and then expertly stamping the fabric, one block at a time, until the pattern is complete on the yardage.

Resist printing is when we print with a mud mixture called dabu, made of clay, wheat flower, guar gum, and lime, which is then covered with sawdust and laid in the sun to try before submerging the fabric in a dye bath. Once dyed and washed, the dabu comes off and the design shows through.

Once finished with printing and dying, the fabric is boiled, washed, and laid out to dry in the desert sun.

The company of bock printers we work with pay double the average wage and have their own community fund which has successfully sponsored several health clinics for their community.

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