Size 14"x 72"
100% kora (unprocessed & unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Machine wash cold. Delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Crafted by a displaced community from Northern India
Beautify and protect your dining table with exceptional hand block printing work! Or use it on a coffee table, end table or console. Table runners are immensely useful for protecting your wood varnish and glass tables.
Hand-carved wooden blocks are dipped in low-impact dyes and stamped on unbleached, unprocessed cotton.
Co-ordinated napkins and placemats are available to purchase separately.
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.