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Slow fashion, step 1 | fabric printing

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!

Bagru block printing.

Our blocks and concepts were discussed, colours mixed and selected and then the sampling began.



The sampling process with Vinjendra at Bagru.

We will be launching our block printed scarves and kerchiefs within the next couple of weeks.

A sample of Jodhpur Moon

A sample of Jodhpur Moon

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.

One of our new hand printed tops, the Tribal Tee in mulberry

One of our new hand printed tops, the Tribal Tee in mulberry

Where can you see these new designs?  Online and at BNE DESIGN, open-air artisan market in King George Square, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Apr. Find out more at Museum of Brisbane