The Story of

Blockprinting

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About This Technique

Blockprinting was invented for storytelling, created as a medium to record history and legacy. Beginning in China around 220, it started as blocks cut from wood used to print textiles and then used to reproduce short Buddhist religious texts that were carried as charms by believers. The technique is found through Japan, India, East and Central Asia, Egypt, and Europe.

At the very heart of it, blockprinting holds still a moment in time. The heritage technique, in all its beauty, is a celebration of stories. We searched through heritage blocks, textile museums and books to find those with enduring cultural stories and history. Visiting over ten printing workshops in Rajasthan, India, we found one man who still knew the meanings behind the prints. Working together with the block carvers, we created modernized versions that still contained the essential stories and spirit.

Currently, we work closely with Khushiram, our fifth generation artisan partner, to create all our block-printed products. In the past year, we were able to invite him over to Singapore on two separate occasions to host a series of block-printing workshops.

Quick Facts

  • Artisan Communities:
  • People Involved:
  • Meters of Fabric Ordered:
  • 2 communities
  • 375 individuals
  • 12,416.2 meters