The art of hand block printing on to cotton cloth is thought to have existed in India for over 4500 years.
We work with artisans of the Chhipa community - a caste of printers who were taught this trade by their parents, who were, in turn, taught by theirs - each generation working almost exactly as the one before, going back at least 300 years.
Symmetry forms the core of the design and pattern repeats must be perfectly balanced.
Hand carved wooden blocks are used to manually stamp beautiful designs on to our handmade cotton paper using only the experienced eye and dexterity of the printer. Once positioned, the handle of the block is given a sharp tap to release the print paste onto the paper
This ancient textile printing technique is labour intensive but the results are truly amazing.
Each sheet measures 50 x 76cm and is approximately 100-120gsm thick.
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