Block Print Garden Napkin - Black
Made by Sudarshan
Charm your dinner guests with stunning graphic print napkins. Brought to life by one of the oldest forms of printing, these napkins have been beautifully block-printed by hand by artisans who carve designs into wood and dip the wood into a dye bath. Each purchase supports Sudarshan artisans in India.
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- Approximately 18" x 18"
- 100% Cotton
- As with all handwoven items, variations will occur
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Sudarshan, which is based in India, focuses on product development and training artisans to produce quality textiles for trade. The organization promotes traditional techniques and, above all, promotes the artisans by providing a global platform for fine handcrafted products. Sudarshan is an advocate of fair wages and helps artisans build a greater livelihood. A percentage of profits goes toward funding craft schools in India to educate and empower women in local craft industries. Together, they empower crafters to build a better life within their own communities. All products are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Block printing is an ancient Indian technique used to create exquisitely patterned textiles. It is the earliest and slowest form of textile printing, but it has survived for generations because of the intricately detailed designs. The designs are often impossible to recreate with other printing methods. Blocks are typically made out of a high-quality wood that will not be subject to warping. An artist first draws an ornate design and then carves it in relief to form a stamp. To produce very fine details, an artisan may add tiny strips of copper to the wood. When the design is complete, the block is coated with a natural vegetable dye and then applied to the fabric. Every color requires a separate block, making block printing very time- and labor-intensive. Each color is also typically applied by a different artisan, requiring teamwork and precision.
After the printing, the fabric is treated and dried. Finally, it is rolled in newspapers, steamed, and washed once again. Each step helps to ensure that the pigment of the dyes remains rich and vibrant. Each piece of block-printed fabric reflects the rich history of an ancient tradition, as well as the unique style of the artisans who made it.
Its combination of spiritual depth, unmatched physical beauty, and cultural diversity makes India one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. A very diverse country, India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture, which reaches back about 5,000 years, making it one of the world's oldest cultures. With 1.237 billion people in 2012, India is the world’s largest democracy and fourth largest economy. In spite of the impressive economic growth it has seen in the last decade, for more than 400 million of India’s people (one-third of the world’s poor), crushing poverty and malnutrition are still harsh realities, and 29.8 percent of the total population fall below the international poverty line of US $1.25 per day. Moreover, in 2012, India ranked in the 136th place out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which assesses long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
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