Hand Printed

Carving the pattern ⚘

Carving the pattern ⚘

The first step to any block printing process is to create the pattern. The artisan places tracing paper with the pattern on, over a wooden block, and then uses a hammer and chisel to carve the pattern into the wood. This can easily take several days to complete the process. Once finished, a wooden handle is attached on the reverse side, like a stamp, which allows the artisan to push the block onto the fabric.

Printing ⚘

Printing ⚘

Once the desired colours are achieved (and there are several hundred shades you can create) they are ready for the printing process.

The blocks are then dipped into the colour tray (a different block is used for each individual colour) and then printed onto the fabric. No chemicals are used in the process of making colours or with printing with them. 

It's a labour intensive and timely process. Skill, patience and precision is needed. Our block printers are masters at what they do, with expertise shared from many generations.

Drying under the sun ⚘

Drying under the sun ⚘

Once the fabrics are printed, they are kept for 24 hours at room temperature, and then later washed.

They are hung out to dry under the glorious sun.

The end colour results are very much dependent on Mother Nature. The weather can influence how light or dark a shade turns out. When it rains it's not possible to block print. Bring on the sun!