This post talks about the various printing steps involved in the making of the Sultan’s Palace: Our moroccan inspired Blue bedding and Table linens. Transforming a simple piece of cotton fabric into its final form is a fascinating journey. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
The first step is printing the background. As dyeing the fabric to get the background color is not an option, the background has to be printed one block at a time keeping enough place for the main print. This block is typically the biggest (and heaviest)
Once the background is done, it’s time to focus on the main print.
The First block lays out the outline. The artisan has to carefully align the block to get the entire print to fit in place. There is not much scope for error. A mis-aligned block results in the entire fabric to be wasted.
The print is already taking form. It’s time to move to the colors now. On to block #3.
As you can imagine, aligning takes on a different level of complexity now.
The artisans too take some time to marvel at how everything is fitting in just right and move on to the next color. Typically, depending on the number of colors in a print, 2-3 artisans work one behind the other – giving the previous stamp just enough time to dry before stamping it with the next color.
Once their “hand is set”, the process tends to move rather fast. On to Block #4.
Almost there, on to Block #5.
5 blocks and many hand stamps later, this completes the 1st pass of printing.
The fabric now needs to be dried and acid washed to get the colors in their final form. Here in lies the mastery of the Color Master – knowing how to set colors so that they take their final form after the acid washing process! This is how the fabric looks just before it is sent for Acid washing.
And this is how it looks after it comes back after Acid washing: A regal, Moroccan inspired, vintage print with lavish medallions rendered in ivory, fuchsia, ochre and turquoise patterned across a royal blue ground.
Notice the rectangular marks around the medallions. These tend to become prominent and are the result of having to use a block to stamp the background color. To make the print “flow”, a “water” effect is now printed over this, resulting in a well harmonized look.
Printing done, the fabric is now ready for another wash, and then on to the stitching and finishing process.
Below are the blocks that were used.
We are thrilled to bring this print to you and we do hope you like it.