Materials Kit: A Handwoven Cotton Blanket + Block Printing
We’re exploring block printing with a unique, beautiful medium as our palette. These handwoven blankets headed your way are sourced from 40+ villages in India, each is woven using newly harvested cotton (that bright white creates an amazing contrast with the rich hues of blue) which was handspun using a traditional Indian spinning wheel. Lining two edges of the blanket are individually hand-rolled and hand-knotted fringes, no two edgings (or blankets) are quite the same and they dye beautifully. Cotton is a natural, sustainable resource and we are looking forward to exploring more with it in April.
This materials kit includes:
- a roughly 5×8′ handwoven cotton blanket from the rural villages of India
- a large rubber block for carving
- a rich blue printmaking ink to get started
Design your own pattern or be inspired by ours. Use your new blanket for curling up under while watching a movie, slouching over the edge of your bed, or to lovingly hang (and show off) in your living room.
These lightweight blankets are frequently used in Indian culture to line the foot of a bed, to use for lounging (and picnicking) outdoors, and to simply drape on home furniture to add a cozy layer on chilly nights. Their story and their travel to the US for this project is inspiring! The family we’ve collaborated with is individually collecting and sorting this set of handwoven blankets for us so that they can travel safely from villages to the US. Pari, our new friend and collaborator, will oversee the transport of these blankets from individual makers in rural and semi-rural villages along dirt roads to large cities where travel can ultimately be made to the US. We are honored to celebrate makers FULL CIRCLE from the raw materials to the finished handmade project.
Happy making, everyone.