Welcome to the world of Indian wood block printing! Every Saffron Marigold block print comes to life thanks to this heritage craft. Our collections of fair trade block printed fabrics have stories to tell within their folds. Journey with us to the origins of block printing in India and see how we create a block print.
You may not have realized that nature can influence the making of a block print–but it does! In response to Mother Nature, we mindfully consider the weather and their effects on the woodblock printing process. The seasons determine when we create our linens, which are hand block printed at our artisans’ studio in the desert state of Rajasthan, India.
Today, we’re taking a quick look at one of our popular blue block printed fabrics called Starry Nights. Each piece is created using a form of batik called “double dabu” printing. Rather than using wax resist, dabu is created using a finely sieved mud paste, which is applied to fabric using a printer’s block.
Dear friend of Saffron Marigold, We are extremely grateful that we can continue operate our fair trade boutique and serve our customers during this global pandemic–we know that many brick-and-mortar retail stores haven’t been so lucky. Our hearts go out to these business owners.
Every time an artisan’s hand hovers over a textile as he ponders the placement of each wood block there is so much more than just dye stuff that impregnates the fabric…the textile vibrates with life and consciousness, it transforms itself into a ‘living’ textile encapsulating generations of skill, tradition, craftsmanship and a way of life Welcome to the world of woodblock printing ~ all our textiles are printed using this incredible craft.
Orange Blossom is one of our most difficult collections to prints. In this post you will get a sense of the workmanship it takes to bring it to life. Beware– this not one of those posts that you simply skim through 🙂 It all starts with a seemingly simple step, which in reality is not simple at all!