Passed generally from father to son for the last 300 years, Indian block printing involves hand-carving patterns into teak wood blocks and stamping length upon length of fabric. This family craft has been approaching extinction for almost two centuries and yet many new brands are tapping the artisans inside the chippas (castes of printers) near Jaipur, India. From the Jaipur-based design firm Anokhi to LA-based Block Shop, younger organizations keep the craft alive. Read more at The New York Times, and learn where to buy block-print textiles that honor this tradition.
300 Years of Block Printing in Jaipur