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Wood-block Printing Group

 

Keeping art alive: the eco bags

Ramlal Khatri (Seen above and to the left) is a very talented artisan who has won prestigious national awards for his wood-block printing, a traditional art where hand-carved wood blocks are used to create patterns on fabric. He follows an environmentally-friendly process and uses 100% natural dyes. Wood-blocking has been practiced for generations, originally used to create bed sheets, for which they were given merit as artists. However, these were not very marketable products, and this artisan group began to struggle.

Handmade Expressions developed the idea of making functional products using this age-old technique as a way to preserve this traditional art. Thus, the Eco-shopper and Green Computing laptop bag were born. Our Eco-shopper bags are reusable, washable shopping bags, made from locally-grown and woven, unbleached cotton. These are then hand-blocked using natural mineral and vegetable dyes. They have become our number 1 best selling item, which has definitely impacted Ramlal and his group.

Soon after we added more products made by this group to our inventory. Fair Trade has helped Ramlal and his group reach a market, allowing them to live off of their art. This has kept the traditional wood-block printing knowledge alive. In addition, the group now has sustainable income, which they use to develop their community.

Below you can see more products created by this artisan group:

$ 5.00

Carmen Block-Print Coin Purse

NEW!
Two lovely block-print patterns are quilted together to create these soft, sturdy coin purses. Quilted, 100%-cotton lining and and zipper closure protect cash, cards, jewelry and other small items. Assorted colors. Size: 5.5" x 4"

$ 7.00

Carmen Block-Print Pouch

NEW!
Two lovely block-print patterns are quilted together to create these pretty, practical pouches. Carry, store or organize cosmetics, jewelry, travel items, sunglasses, small electronics, craft supplies -- so many uses! Soft 100%-cotton lining protects contents and zipper closure has sustainable leather pull. This stylish new accessory fits...

$ 4.00 - $ 12.00

Patchwork "Love" Pillow

Traditional art forms of block printing and patchwork are used to create these vivid pillows with mixed colors and patterns. The word “Love” is hand cut and stitched in large lettering. Made with 100% vegetable dye and 100% cotton - making these pillows compostable. Tie-closure on back. Assorted colors. Inserts...

$ 30.00

Hand-carved Wooden Hooks

Set of 3 traditional floral and garden motifs hand carved on thick blocks of Indian Rosewood. The natural appearance of these hooks make them a great home accent that enhances all types of decor. Can be used to hang keys, coats, bags and umbrellas.

Size: 4”x2.25”x1.5”D (without the hook)

Material: Indian...

$ 4.00 - $ 12.00

Patchwork "Peace" Pillow

Traditional art forms of block printing and patchwork are used to create these vivid pillows with mixed colors and patterns. The word “Peace” is hand cut and stitched in large lettering. Made with 100% vegetable dye and 100% cotton - making these pillows compostable. Tie-closure on back. Assorted colors. Inserts...

$ 13.00

Braided Crossbody Bag

Cross body bag. 100% cotton. Assorted block printed fabric. Top edge has hand embroidery. Wooden o-rings connect braided strap. Inside pocket and magnetic closure.

Materials: Cotton

Size: 14" W x 14 1/2" L. Strap drop approx 22"

$ 3.50 - $ 4.90

RMK Pencil Case

This pencil case features the much loved patchwork look that comes from the Wood Block Printing Group. It has a zip closure and a small fabric loop on the end perfect for hanging.

$ 7.00

Melange Cosmetic Bag

This brightly colorful accessory bag is made by hand through patchwork. Different pieces of fabric are block printed with natural dyes, then sewn together to form the bag. Great for traveling.

These accessory bags are fair trade bags, handmade in India. The artisans that make them are compensated fairly for...

$ 7.00 - $ 7.25

Eco Shopper

The Eco Shopper is always a bestseller. Lightweight, colorful and 100% naturally dyed, our 15" x 18" Eco Shopper bag can be used for any occasion and is machine washable. The fabric is hand block-printed and can also be customized with your logo or other information (see...

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