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Fabric Saga - Block Printing

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Fabric Saga - Block Printing

Like the name suggests block printing is a process of printing patterns on fabric using wooden blocks. The popularity and abundance of block prints in modern times would have you assume that the process is quick and hassle free. We’ve broken the process down to give you an idea of how fabulous these fabrics are and how amazing their craft tale is.   The first step to perfection: Block Carving Block printers, carvers and dyers are all traditionally part of the Chhippa cast in India. Like most crafts in India the skill of block carving is passed down from father...

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Weaver Diaries - Ikat

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Weaver Diaries - Ikat

Ikat is an ancient technique used to pattern textiles. The term ‘ikat’ comes from the Malay word ‘mengikat’, meaning to tie or to bind. The ikat process begins with bundles of warp threads being strung up on a frame, close together and properly tightened. Then the pattern is drawn on to them in outline. The unique texture and look of these fabrics are what make it so appealing to the eye.    The journey Ikat is said to have originated simultaneously at different locations across the world, specially in South America, India, Japan & South-East Asian countries. According to sources...

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