Heritage Artisan Textiles
A historic art in many cultures, block printing was one of the first ways created to deliver repeat patterns onto long lengths of cloth. Wooden blocks are carved by hand with the intended design. Each color layer requires its own block, which must interlock successfully with the overall pattern. Starting from the darkest color first, the blocks are dipped in dye and stamped onto the fabric. The fabric is left to dry between color layers. Layer after layer, the ultimate pattern takes form. It takes a steady hand to create properly-spaced, even patterns! Look for the textural, painterly feel in handmade block prints.
We work with fair trade artisan communities to preserve and promote this cultural heritage, choosing a textile studio specifically focused on sustainable fashion. That allows us to offer unique, limited-edition prints that embrace this tradition, while bringing in current standards of color preferences, print styles, and colorfast washing, so that you can enjoy your wearable art for many years to come.
Some of our items made with block prints include our Soraya Pipe Blouse, Annys Top, and Topsail Tee in Wave Combo.
Made famous by Mahatma Gandhi, khadi has been woven in India for many generations. With its hand-spun fibers and hand-woven fabric, khadi steps away from industrial mass production, demonstrating the fine grain and uniformity that can be achieved by skilled weavers, without intense use of electricity or fossil fuels. We source through fair trade partners working to create economic self-sufficiency in independent weaving communities, supporting the knowledge of sustainable cultural craft.
Available in a variety of thicknesses and textures, khadi lends itself well to many types of clothing. Our Beachcomber Pant, Jacktar Short, and Wanderlust Pant in Iron Grey are all made with khadi, connecting us to generations of handcrafted expertise.