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process of block-printing is complex and intricate. Blocks can be made of a variety of woods, including sycamore, pear and teak wood, each hand-carved by up to five master craftsmen. For especially intricate designs, printers use up to thirty blocks. Each block has a wooden handle and holes drilled to allow air to flow through the wood, and release excess printing paste. After the carving, the blocks are soaked in oil for 10-15 days, to soften the grains of the timber and make a unique pattern.
To imprint the fabric with the block's pattern, the artisan hits the block with their fist or wooden hammer, so the impression on the fabric is clear and crisp. The process requires much skill and precision, which is why nearly every block-printing artisan is an expert in the tradition. Each color of a design is stamped using a different block-so a block print design with 5 different colors will require the use of five blocks, each intricately overlaid to create a seamless design.
Each region of India has its own distinctive style and motifs for wood block printing, and different fabrics and dyes are used in each region as well.
wholesale scarves and fair trade clothing includes a wide variety of hand block-printed fabrics, in a vivid array of colors and textures.
Artisan groups in Rajasthan and Gujarat produce our 100% cotton block-printed scarves and sarongs, and artisans in Andhra Pradesh produce our block-printed silk stoles, which are printed with pure herbal dyes.
Block printing is not only very fashionable- it's also a link to a rich tradition, and to the livelihoods of many artisans in villages throughout India.
Sevya's wholesale scarves and clothing are a unique fusion of fair trade and fashion. We specialize in fair trade scarves and fair trade clothing that are handmade using natural fibers including cotton, silk, and wool. Our eco-friendly, handmade collection showcases the rich artistic traditions of India in contemporary styles for both women and men.
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