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PINWHEEL SEA

Gratify your aesthetic sense with exceptional hand block printing work, that make these table runners statement pieces for your tables! It’s designed to fit your dining table, but will also liven up your coffee table, kitchen island or console.

 

Hand printing is a painstaking endeavor, but is kind and caring to the environment. The process involves artisans carving designs on wooden blocks, applying dye to a design block and stamping it onto the fabric. Enjoy this product crafted with a whole lot of patience and skill.

 

  • 100% kora (unbleached) cotton
  • Contemporary and traditional motifs stamped by hand
  • Low impact dyes
  • Machine washable - cold, delicate cycle
  • Can also be used for buffets or kitchen islands

 

A Fair Trade product. Hand-made by artisans in India.




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How It's Made

Artisans apply block print patterns to ‘kora’ - unbleached natural cotton fabric. To start printing, an artisan evenly applies dye to a hand-carved wooden block. The fabric is then hand-stamped, firmly and steadily, starting from the outer border and extending inward. This is a deceptively simple art - each piece features dozens, if not hundreds, of careful impressions. Once the artisan has finished printing with a specific color and block, he or she cleans the block and must often wait for the cloth to dry before continuing. Then, they first apply outline colors and shapes and then use blocks, designed to precisely fill in parts of the pattern. The artisan group we work with in North West India, employs marginalized women and men, whose communities were displaced in the late eighties, losing their homes and farming lands in the process. Besides their homes, artisans lost access to wood, water and other natural resources available to them. The artisan group offers a sustainable source of fair income.

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