For this handmade tablecloth, artisans apply block teal on cream print patterns to natural, kora cotton. Kora cotton is unbleached fabric, and is the purest form of cotton. To start printing, an artisan evenly applies dye to a hand-carved wooden block. The fabric is then hand-stamped, firmly and steadily, leaving a printed pattern. The artisan must add dye frequently to maintain the same intensity of color. Once the artisan has finished printing with a specific color and block, the artisan cleans the block and often must wait for the cloth to dry before continuing. This is a deceptively simple art.
Each piece features dozens, if not hundreds, of careful impressions. This artisan group, based in West India, focuses on women from low-income households, slum communities and offers skill-building and employment opportunities.
Dimensions: 60" x 60"
• 100% kora (unprocessed & unbleached) cotton
• Hand block printed
• Contemporary motifs
• Edged with tassels, knotted by hand
• Crafted by women from slums from West India
• Low impact dyes
• Machine wash cold. Delicate cycle. Tumble dry low
Made in India