In November last year we spent a lovely week at Bagru, just outside of Jaipur. Here we worked with master block printer, Vijendra Chhipa to develop our designs and learn more about this beautiful art. The printers of Bagru follow tradition methods to prepare the cloth using fuller’s earth and turmeric to create the soft hued cloth and then the block prints are applied using dyes. It’s wonderful to watch and learn a craft which hasn’t changed in 300 years.
Block printing in Jaipur was one of the things we’ve wanted to try for a long time, and it was exciting to finally make it!
We will be launching our block printed scarves and kerchiefs within the next couple of weeks.
All of this block printing has inspired us and we have been experimenting with our own modern form of the art using high density foam off cuts. This has proved to be a very flexible way to print pattern using screen printing ink.
We have some new t-shirt designs using our ‘hand-stamped’ technique to create one off designs and repeat patterns on organic cotton knit. Of course we’re using some of our favourite earthy colours, mustard, tan, rust, charcoal and of course pale pink.