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LATTICE- FOREST

Set the table for any occasion with this beautiful hand block-printed 100% unbleached kora cotton tablecloth. Be it a formal dinner party, a picnic lunch or for your cottage house, this fabric provides a warm finishing touch to any table setting.
 
What makes this tablecloth special? The hand-block printing process. The patterns are carved by hand on wooden blocks. Low impact dyes are mixed in trays; each color requires a separate block. The fabric is hand-stamped with one color, firmly and steadily to ensure a precise impression, then dried, re-wound and printed with the next color repeating the same process. Hand-block printing is an incredibly slow, labor-intensive process that combines the skills of an artist, tool maker, and carpenter – to craft a unique fabric that you will love!
  • 100% unbleached kora cotton
  • Contemporary designs (motifs) are hand-stamped on the fabric using wooden blocks and low impact dyes
  • Machine washable - cold, delicate cycle

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




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 451-03-LF Lattice- Forest 60"x60" Add
 451-04-LF Lattice- Forest 60"x90" 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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