New Block Printed Yardage

by - Tuesday, June 01, 2021



Maiwa has worked with block printed fabric for over 30 years. This organic cotton has been hand block printed with natural dyes by world renowned ajrakh artisans. Light to medium weight fabric is perfect for garments and quilting. 

The Ajrakh process is a long one, involving several steps of washing and scouring the cloth, then additional steps to mordant the cloth, and still more steps as each colour is either directly block printed or resist block printed with natural dyes. The order is of utmost importance as the layers of colour are built up and the traditional geometric Ajrakh patterns emerge. Much of the beauty and depth of Ajrakh cloth comes from the intricacy of the imprint that is left by the artisan’s hand, slight variations are to be celebrated.

Maiwa's relationship with traditional printing methods on textiles keeps an entire community of block carvers working. We also commission hand carved wood blocks and brass blocks to sell in our stores. So that all artisans can experience the wonder of working with these magnificent blocks on textiles, in clay and beyond.

Some blocks are designed by us, but most are designed by the very clever geometric imaginations of the carvers themselves.

It is not necessary to print with these blocks to appreciate how beautiful they are. They work as extraordinary objects to inspire you each time you see them.


To our U.S. customers – don't forget that the exchange rate works in your favour, it's like an extra discount. 

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