Beautiful luxurious stuffed cotton quilts hand block printed and made by my very talented artisans in Jaipur, India.
These soft cotton quilts were designed by me and printed by my very skilled artisans using azo free pigments. See photo in the gallery of one of my artisans printing my design by hand. Hand block printing is extremely time consuming which makes these quilts even more beautiful. Knowing how much love, precision and time went into making them.
The quilts are stuffed with a cotton filling and are very lightweight yet wonderfully warm: ideal for the summer months with just a crisp cotton sheet yet super cosy as an extra layer on your bed in the chilly winter.
The gold textured stamps make these quilts super regal.
The quilts come in two sizes:
Large: 84" x 83"
Extra Large: 95" x 83"
The quilt photographed is an extra large (95" x 83")
Due to the handmade nature of the quilts, marks may be present. Please see photo for example.
Please Note these quilts are hand made items.
-No two items are identical
-Designs may not be perfect or symmetrical
-Smudges or stains may occur
These are not faults or imperfections, they tell the story of this amazing process of block printing by hand and should be embraced.
*Hand wash only*
*Due to monitor differences, actual colors may vary slightly from what appears online*
About the process:
Block printing is known to have been used in India since at least the 12th century, although this method is thought to be around 2,000 years old.
*Cotton fabric is purchased at the market and soaked in water for 24-48 hours. This removes some of the starchiness of the fibers.
*The artisans beat the wet lengths of cotton on river stones worn down by years of use to make them softer, and then lay them out to dry and be naturally bleached by the sun.
*A design, either traditional or modern, is drawn onto paper and then transferred to a perfectly smooth block of wood. The block can be sourced from many types of trees (many of our artisan partners choose to use readily available mango wood), but it always needs to be 2-3 inches thick to prevent warping. A separate block must be made for each color incorporated into the design.
*Only the most experienced carvers can work on the complex designs. And the most intricate details are always saved for last to avoid damaging the delicate lines in the process.
*After the fabric has been cut to size, the colors have been prepared, and the blocks are all ready, the artisans can start to print. They will lay the fabric out across a long table and draw a chalk reference line.
*They dip the block into the dye, press it firmly onto the fabric, and then hit it with their hand. This process is repeated over and over again, by only the steadiest hands, until the pattern has completely covered the length of fabric. If there are multiple colors in the design, the artisan lets each color dry before applying the next, each with a new carved block. It is extremely time consuming and requires precision so that there are no breaks in the motif.
*Once the printing is complete and the color has set, the fabric is thoroughly washed and dried.