This Memorial Day, we’re raising funds for the family of Jagdish Chhipa, one of our artisans who died from COVID-19. Jagdish tested positive for COVID just one day after receiving his first vaccination. He died ten days later inside a taxi, in the arms of his son–after five hospitals turned him away.
We always look forward to our annual Memorial Day Sale. It’s a chance for us to give back to our loyal customers with some great prices on our most popular items. This year, we simply don’t have the inventory to do a big blowout sale.
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.