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BLOCK PRINTING

block carving for block printingFirst, our patterns are carved into sisam wood by hand by Raju, a master block carver. Designs with many colors or large shapes require multiple blocks to be made.

 

Hand carved blockHoles are drilled into the block to release air during the printing process in order to prevent bubbles. You can see one of three blocks used in our Fermata bandana.

 

Close up of the dye tray used in the block printing processFor printing, the block is dipped into a tray of dye and then stamped onto the fabric with an assertive thump of the fist.

 

Hand block printing Alignment of the design is determined by the practiced eye of our printers.

 

Saw dust being sprinkled in block printing with natural indigo. Indigo textiles are printed with dabu (mud paste), then sprinkled with a fine coating of sawdust so the textile does not stick to itself in the indigo vat.

 

Dipping hand block printed textiles in the indigo vat Once the mud paste dries, the textiles are hand dipped in the indigo vat. For a deeper indigo look, textiles are dipped repeatedly. 

 Hand block printed indigo dyed textiles drying outside

After the right shade of indigo is achieved, textiles are washed vigorously by hand to remove all the dabu before hanging on a line to dry, like our Waves Indigo scarf above. You can read more about the indigo process in our Journal