wood block printing on khadi cotton cushion
block printing workshop participants scarf, khadi tote bag, nettle fabric
wood block printing on khadi cotton cushion
block printing workshop participants scarf, khadi tote bag, nettle fabric

Indian Wood Block Printing Scarf Workshop

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Join us in our wood block printing class and learn about the age-old technique of hand block printing. Block printing is something that looks easy to do but it takes years and years of experience to do well. In this 3-hour class, you will learn the basics of pattern design using single unit motifs, different types of suitable fabric, how to set up for block printing at home and receive tips on how to properly get well aligned, consistent, close-to-perfect prints onto fabric.

You will get to select from a large variety of wood block stamps that are hand carved by our craftsmen and print on 2m khadi scarf handwoven by skilled women weavers in India.

Exclusively for our block printing workshops, we work with family-owned Indian artisans who have been honing their craft for generations – such as our block carvers and women weavers and seamstresses. We only work with organisations that employ fair trade practices which take care of the rural artisans' social and environmental well-being and does not maximise profit at their expense. Through our traditional craft workshops, we aim to celebrate the the joy of these artisans and keeping the age old traditional crafts alive.

WHAT IS KHADI? Khadi is a term used for fabrics that are hand-spun and handwoven, usually from cotton fiber. The fabric is known for its rugged texture, comfortable feel and ability to keep people warm in winter while keeping them cool during the summer. Khadi is manufactured in two steps: turning the fiber into yarn using tools like spinning wheels (Charkha) and then weaving the yarn into fabric using looms.

Fun fact: According to the Indian Flag Code, khadi is the only material that can be used for India's flag. Flying an Indian flag that is not made from khadi is punishable by law with imprisonment up to 3 years plus a fine.

This workshop is recommended for adults & children above 6 years old. Children under 12 years old has to be accompanied by a participating adult.

If our scheduled dates don't work for you, private workshop can be arranged (Min. 4 pax for weekday slot. Min. 6 pax for weekend slot). Block printing WithAutumn is excellent to spend a therapeutic crafty birthday, hen party or for some family bonding time! Simply email us at hello@withautumn.com or send us an DM on Instagram to inquire.