100% kora (unprocessed & unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Machine wash cold. Delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Crafted by women from slums from Western India
Tea time, supper time or party time? Your table will be forever transformed with this unique hand block printed tablecloth, exclusively designed by and for Sustainable Threads. This style comes edged with hand-knotted tassels.
Hand block 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, if not hundreds, of 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. 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. Fringe tassels are knotted by hand.
This artisan group based in Western India, focuses on women from low-income households, slum communities and offers skill-building and employment opportunities.