Block Print Flower Napkin - Orange
Made by Sustainable Threads
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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Sustainable Threads is a fair trade enterprise that works with more than 10 artisan groups located in India. The organization focuses on creating long-term relationships with its artisan partners and is community-oriented, in addition to caring about creating beautiful products. Sustainable Threads has a certification from Green America and prides itself on using environmentally friendly packaging. It is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation and is committed to promoting rural development, entrepreneurship, and social justice in the communities where its artisans live and work.
Block printing is an ancient Indian technique used to create exquisitely patterned textiles. It is the earliest and slowest form of textile printing, but has survived for generations because of its intricately detailed designs, which 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, 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, then applied to the fabric. Every color requires a separate block, making block-printing very time and labor intensive. Each color is typically applied by a different artisan, requiring patient teamwork and precision.
After the printing, the fabric is treated and dried. Finally, it is rolled in newspapers and steamed, then 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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Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.