100% kora (unprocessed & 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
Please your aesthetic sense with exceptional hand block printing work! Hand-carved wooden blocks are dipped in low impact dyes and stamped on unbleached, unprocessed cotton. Each piece requires numerous print impressions.
Perfect for using as horizontal runners, our shorter table runners can be placed across your dining table in front of two chairs facing each other or they can serve as placemats and be used to complement a longer runner. They are also a fun way to accentuate other tables like your console, end, coffee and patio tables and are immensely useful for protecting your wood varnish and glass tables.
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 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.