This season we've partnered with a studio in the West Bengal region of India to produce a beautiful range of hand block printed designs using traditional Khadi cotton. The limited edition capsule features sleeveless shirt dresses and relaxed tops that are perfect for summer.
Fine, lightweight Khadi cotton is made entirely by hand, starting from the picking of the cotton fibre to the spinning of the yarn. The fabric is then woven using traditional handlooms.
Hand Block Printing
The centuries-old tradition of making these patterns is so involved, it can take up to 10 days to engrave the wood blocks. Each piece has its own unique character due to the printing process being done by hand.
The Tharangini studio in Bangalore was founded back in the 1970s by artist Lakshmi Srivathsa and is now run by daughter Padmini, who heads a team of artisans, including master block printers, wood block carvers and organic colour experts. The studio’s philosophy is to employ and upskill as many craftspeople as possible, with senior artisans mentoring outreach groups to inspire a new generation.
"We began with the inspiration of prints sourced from vintage archives, and then worked with the artisans to interpret our designs into block prints."
- Head of Design, Jane Grimme
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