Block-printing and hand embroidery crafts of India are what make this fair-trade tunic so beautiful.
Many steps are involved in the making of this tunic, in different regions of India: the wooden blocks are first hand carved as per the motif, and then each color is block-printed on the cotton fabric using a different block. After the fabric is printed, it is sent to Northern India, where the women artisans do the fine hand embroidery in their homes. The hand block print of this indigo tunic top is enhanced by the traditional Indian embroidery motifs on the front and back.
What is block printing?
Wooden blocks are first-hand carved. The design is then hand-stamped using a different block for each color in the pattern. The seamless printing shows the fine skill of the block printers, and it is a craft that has been passed down from generation to generation. Each region of India has a different style of block printing, and each family has their own collection of wooden blocks.