Block Printing Published on July 06, 2013
I fell in love with India for a lot of reasons, but (moment of truth) our time at the block-printing factory was a definite highlight! The moment I saw their vast collection of crafted blocks, I was just flooded with inspiration. I could have sat for hours watching the artisans create blocks from nothing but the work of their hands and the brilliance of their imaginations. They start off by carving relief patterns into a piece of wood, where the areas to “show negative” on the textile are cut away with a knife or chisel. This leaves the image to show in ink at the original surface level. Once the block is cut, it’s dipped in ink, and then firmly pressed onto a piece of cloth to make the image. It’s such an amazing work of art—so breathtaking!