100% kora (unprocessed and unbleached) cotton
Hand block printed
Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Crafted by physically challenged artisans from Southern India
Set of 4
Make entertaining guests an indulgence with Sustainable Threads' stunning hand block printed cotton napkins! Heavy weight kora (unbleached & unprocessed) cotton. Highly absorbent, they are a great alternative to disposable paper napkins. Packaged with a belly band and a hanger, they make an excellent party favor and host or hostess gift.
Kind and caring to the environment, hand block printing is a labor-intensive process that involves carving designs on individual wooden blocks, to which dye is applied and stamped on to fabric. Numerous careful impressions are required to complete a single finished product.
Matching tablecloth is 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.
Hand-stamped by physically challenged artisans who are given a choice of various crafts to be trained in, including block printing, to help best utilize their abilities and interests,