100% kora (unprocessed & unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Crafted by a community from Northern India, displaced from their ancestral land
Azo-free, low impact dyes
Machine wash cold. Delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Set of 4
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 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. The artisan must add dye frequently to maintain the same intensity of color. Once the artisan has finished printing with a specific color and block, the artisan cleans the block and often 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.