Block Printing Technique 

The earliest records of wooden block printing was a discovery of printed text in East Asia dating back to 220 Ad. Since then this ancient practise has been widely developed as a technique most commonly in India, since the 12th Century. This form of print is still commonly used to this day as a traditional form of printing. 

 

How does this technique work? 

Wooden blocks are traditionally hand carved in order to create a tool that will then be dipped into ink and stamped onto fabric. Once the wood is carved it can be used again and again, without the aid of any machinery-  making it a ethically friendly technique. Furthermore the dyes used for this form of printing are traditionally made from natural ingredients. As this form of printing is hand stamped onto the fabric, the overall look gives a beautiful earthy-ethnic feel - defects included :)

 

We made our snazzy wash bags in collaboration with the Artisan enterprise workshop - RUAAB SEWA. They employ skilled workers with specialities in weaving, embroidery and block printing techniques that date back generations. Their main mission is to empower women who are isolated from the marketplace, particularly working with women from the outskirt regions of Bhagalpur, India. By connecting these Artisans to the marketplace they are able to earn a living wage and provide for their families.   

For this piece we worked with the artisans to develop a repeated print in the form of a golden ’Star Tessellation’ design. Made out of 100% cotton, each component of this bag has been locally sourced, hand-made, and hand block printed. A perfect bag for everyday essentials