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Gratify your aesthetic sense with exceptional hand block printing work! Perfect for using as horizontal runners, our shorter table runners can be placed across your dining table in front of two chairs facing each other or they can serve as placemats and be used to complement a longer runner. They are also a fun way to accentuate other tables like your console tables, end tables, coffee tables, patio tables or nightstands, and are a clever way to protect your wood varnish and glass tables.

 

Kind and caring to the environment, hand printing is a

labor-intensive process that involves carving designs on wooden blocks to which dye is applied and stamped onto the fabric. Numerous impressions are required to complete a single finished product.

 

  • 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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 151-79-DR Vogue 13"x35" Add

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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