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Materials + Techniques


We pride ourselves on creating products that are made through the use of sustainable, local and natural materials. Created from locally harvested cotton, we offer products that are dyed with natural pigments derived from flowers, trees and plants to create vibrant colors.

Our products are created by hand, utilizing time testing techniques that have often been passed down through generations.

Explore the methods that have gone into the making of our pieces below.

 

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Hand Loom  

This technique is often passed down through generations with grandfathers, fathers and sons teaching each generation how to do the work. This artistry is incredibly precise and yet no computers, rulers or technical tools are used to measure the yarn patterns. Artisans typically use their finger widths to measure the distance between knots or changes in threads and the fabric that is produced is as exact or more so than what you see from a machine. Artisans create the designs from very simple sketches and produce pieces that exude energy and richness in design.

The process begins with natural wool or cotton dyed in large vats, it is heated to high degree to set the color and hung in the sun to dry.  The wool or cotton is then wound into spools or balls to be used by the weavers to utilize.

Screen Print

 

Screen Printing is a technique in which large screens are created through a  burning process to develop negative space that ink is printed through. Designers draw designs that are created in everything from massive large format screens to smaller more petite pieces. Pigment ink is applied to the screens and dragged across with a squeegee by artisans so that the ink is pushed through the white space of the screen.

Single color screen prints and multi color screen prints are both done and can be done of fabrics that range from clothing to bed linens to pillows.

 

Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery is a technique in which simple or intricate stitch embellishment is applied to fabric. This is often done by female artisans in the home and is passed down through generations from grandmother to mother to daughters. Women often work in groups to create patterns of stitching. This is often an end process on fabrics that have other techniques applied to them like block printing, screen printing or table tufting. Hand embroidery can be anything from a delicate kantha stitch applied on top of a finished fabric to a more glamorous beaded embellishment.

Hand Appliqué

Hand Appliqué is another technique that is often done by female artisans in groups and is often passed along generational lines. The hand appliqué is a technique that involves taking pieces of fabric in assorted shapes and sizes and sewing them onto larger pieces to create a large scale design or pattern.

The applique technique originated as being used as a patch to strengthen worm areas of a garment, but was soon transferred to being seen as an ornamental design. It is often seen in India as being used for bed linens, canopies and tents.

Block Printing

Part of culture and tradition, the technique of block printing is a process that was found in India as early as 800 AD. First starting with the carving of the actual block to create the print, this consists of the design being carved in reverse on a smooth piece of wood. Cotton fabrics are soaked in water for up to 48 hours to help the inks to adhere to the fabrics. Using the carved block, artisans stamp the fabrics in inks that are created from trees, flowers or plants and then press on the ready fabric. Designs are created by incredibly steady hands and can be layered over to create more intricate patterns.