India has a very long tradition of printing with hand-carved wooden blocks. While we love this technique and use it often, we also have created some amazing effects with artistic innovations. Hand painting, for example, makes bold free-form patterns on fabric. In this case, the artisan is using a non-traditional tool – a scrubbing brush – to create a unique line, broad but still delicate.
The stripes are done on the diagonal, a tricky placement which require the skill and eye of the experienced artisan to maintain continuity and placement. This lattice design then becomes the background for a more traditional hand-printed leaf design.
When the fabric is washed, the colors are transformed into the fabric shown at the bottom, a happy combination of tradition and innovation.