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M+A Inspiration: Block Print

These days, nearly everything we buy is mass produced and machine-made. It’s difficult to imagine the days when garments were sewn by hand and cloth was block printed. But in some small workshops and villages in Jaipur, India and elsewhere, there is a commitment to keeping the centuries old tradition of block printing alive. Block printing is known to have been used in India since at least the 12th century, although this method is thought to be around 2,000 years old. First the artwork/design is drawn onto a translucent butter paper which acts like a guide for the block maker to carve from. The papers then transferred to a perfectly smooth block of wood. The block can be sourced from many types of trees but...

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Crisp and Clean, Warp and Weft

Our handwoven cotton yarn dye pillows in the softest cotton. It takes days to set up the loom.  The artisan women then interpret our designs by eye- so no two are the same depending on the warp yarns.  Remember"weft" is left and warp is the long, north facing yarns.  Made in Kerala using ancient techniques, by hand and with lots of love!

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Oh, Hey, Spring!

Nothing feels like spring more than bringing the outside inside and celebrating it with a beautiful object.  Alabaster chalice vase? Meet two perfect, waxy tulips. You both glow from within (as is proof of these photographs)! They can't take a bad one!   Special guest star is our black soapstone round tray! Both made by hand (sans the tulips) and with a lot of love!

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