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 decorate a coffee table, end table, kitchen island or console. Hand-carved wooden blocks are dipped in low-impact dyes and stamped on unbleached, unprocessed cotton.
Perfect for using as horizontal runners, a few short table runners can be placed across the width of a dining table, or, they can serve as placemats. They can also be used to complement a longer runner 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 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.