Step 1: Source
Source through heritage blocks in printing workshops for prints with cultural stories and history. We visited over 10 workshops in Rajasthan and found 1 man who still knew the meaning behind the prints.
Step 2: Essentialise
Design a modernized version of the print that contains its essential story and origin. Knowing the back story of the prints, we designed the repeat and layout in the same spirit.
Step 3: Carve
Work with expert block carvers to design the repeat pattern in a size big enough to still hand print. One of our blocks was the biggest they had ever made.
Step 4: Colour Match
Discuss with the colour master the desired colour and test. We tested 15 different colours inspired by natural landscapes and tones.
Step 5: Steam Dye
Fabric is rolled onto a steam dyer over a period of 2 to 3 days before it goes to the printers. We sampled 5 times through dip dying to get the final shade right.
Step 6: Print
Repeat print of fabric with the same consistency, distance and weight. We spent 10 days working with the printers to find the most efficient way of printing.
Step 7: Air Dry
Printed fabric has to be immediately dried under sunshine and a constant level of humidity and heat for a consistent finish.
Step 8: Steam
Steam wash and finish fixes the colour dyes and ensures there is no colour run in the final fabric. We do this twice.
Step 9: Cut
Patterns, the blue print of all clothing, are cut. We worked with the principle of zero-waste patternmarking, which reduces the leftover fabric.
Step 10: Stitch
The last step to making a fantastic pant.