100% kora (unprocessed and unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Crafted by a community from Northern India, displaced from their ancestral land
Low impact dyes
Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Set of 4
Make entertaining guests an indulgence with Sustainable Threads' stunning hand block printed cotton napkins! Fine, yet highly absorbent, they are a great alternative to disposable paper napkins. Packaged with a belly band and a hanger, they make an excellent party favor and host or hostess gift.
Kind and caring to the environment, hand block printing is a labor-intensive process that involves carving designs on individual wooden blocks, to which dye is applied and stamped on to fabric. Numerous careful impressions are required to complete a single finished product.
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. This artisan group, based in Northern India, employs marginalized women and men, whose communities were displaced in the late eighties, losing their homes and farming lands in the process. This work offers a sustainable source of fair income and an off-farm livelihood, given that they don't have access to adequate farm land.