Artisanal Crafts

Block Printing

The creation of textiles is an art form and we are lucky enough to partner with groups of talented craftsman that are continuing and sustaining traditional crafts.

Woodblock printing has been said to have originated in China, however India has certainly paved a way for a distinctive aesthetic and cultural identity in this space. With a vast history, many villages pass on the traditional techniques and knowledge of natural dyes down from generation to generation. With technological advances and greater income opportunities however, many families have sadly moved away from the craft sadly.


Introducing Tharangini




BLOCK TO PRINT


Hand Weaving

The handloom industry has a vast and extensive cultural, social and political history within India. The more you learn about handloom the more you appreciate its presence. Handlooming is entirely operated by the hands of artisans without any source of electricity. It involves the interlacing of the warp (length running yarns) and weft (width running yarns) by manually operating the loom in a repetitive motion. 

Generations of skilled weavers have produced fabrics of richness and diversity through a multitude of variation and permutations of these warp and weft threads. Like all hand work each fabric carries the unique characteristics of the maker through the threads. 

Ghandi really pioneered the value of handloom across India, especially in terms of Khadi, which is a hand spun and hand woven Indian cotton cloth. He promoted the hand spinning of Khadi and encouraged the art of hand crafted versus factory made, a political and social comment on Indias relationship with Britain. It's no surprise that it was Ghandi who transformed the spinning wheel into a symbol of independence so important that it's featured in the centre of the Indian Flag. 


Meet Khaloom




ON THE LOOM