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About Block Printing


At ISHANI we pride ourselves in creating beautiful hand crafted clothing that is different from anything else on the market.
What makes ISHANI clothing so different starts with our unique prints. All of our fabrics are printed by hand using a method call 'hand block printing'. 
Hand block printing is an ancient textile art from Rajasthan, India. It is a highly skilled craft that is passed down from generation to generation. The process of block printing begins by carving motifs into blocks of wood. Each colour that will be used in the print requires it's own wood block, with some of our prints needing up to 12 blocks.
The blocks then are dipped into the dye and stamped one by one, layer by layer onto the fabric. This process takes copious amounts of skill and time and can only be printed in runs of 10 meters at a time making it impossible to mass produce. 
Once the printing is complete each 10m run is washed by hand and dried in the sun. 
Most commonly cotton is used to print on, however we have spent years experimenting with other fabrics such as rayon. ISHANI is the first company to develop block printed rayon, something we are extremely proud of. 

Below is a lovely short video made by Heritage Textiles that explains it in a little more detail. 
 

 

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