: The Art of Handblock

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The art of block printing has been used to decorate fabric in India since the 12th century. Each unique design has to first be created by the artist, then hand carved onto a wooden block. Originally a potato was used for this purpose!This family based craft is passed down through the generations, and most of the work is done by families at their homes or in small workshops.Our Jennifer Handblock Top, $45The blocks are dipped in the dyes and then stamped into the fabric to create beautiful patterns. The craftsman may use up to 30 blocks to complete a single design.Tree of Life source our block print fabrics from Bagru and Sanganer in Rajasthan, which is famous for this craft. These village artists are very eco-friendly, often using river clay and vegetable dyes from pomegranates, turmeric and other vegetable roots.Tree of Life are passionate about supporting the handblock craftworkers (known as Chhippas) in their effort to sustain this ancient tradition.The Chhippas are proud of their heritage and want to see their craft to continue to flourish.We hope that you enjoy the beauty and tradition of these handblock garments as much as we do.