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621-106-DP

CARMINE placemat (set of 4)

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Size 14”x20”
100% kora (unprocessed & unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Contemporary motifs
Azo-free, low-impact dyes
Machine wash cold. Delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Crafted by a community from Northern India, displaced from their ancestral land
Set of 4

Description

Protect your dinner table from food stains and hot dinnerware or transform a drab table with one-of-a-kind block printed tablemats. These conversation pieces are exclusively designed by and for Sustainable Threads.

Hand block printing is a labor-intensive process that involves carving designs on individual wooden blocks, to which dye is applied and stamped onto the fabric. Several dozen impressions are required to complete a single finished product. Enjoy this creation, made with a whole lot of patience and love!

A Fair Trade product. Handmade by artisans in India.

How It's Made

Artisans apply block print patterns to natural, kora cotton - this is unbleached fabric, and is the purest form of cotton. To start printing, an artisan evenly applies dye to a hand-carved wooden block. The fabric is then hand-stamped firmly and steadily, leaving a printed pattern. Dye is frequently added to maintain the same intensity of color. Once the printing is finished with a specific color and block, the artisan cleans the block and must wait for the cloth to dry before continuing. This is a deceptively simple art - each piece features dozens, if not hundreds, of careful impressions. 
The artisan community suffered forced displacement in the late eighties, losing their ancestral homes and farmlands in the process. This work offers a sustainable source of fair income and an off-farm livelihood.

  • About Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads is an exclusively fair trade, eco-focused company promoting handmade lifestyle products, carefully co-designed with our artisan partners in India. Traditional art techniques are used to craft a collection with a modern sensibility. We are approved members of the prestigious Fair Trade Federation & Green America.

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