Tassel & Twine collaborates with a number of artisans, NGOs and women’s collectives in South East Asia to make our handcrafted pieces.
Woodblock making & printing
Traditional woodblocks have been made and printed in the village of Bagru, India for seven generations. They are handcarved by master craftsman and used in combinations to build up patterns. An 8 metre length of fabric can be stamped over 2000 times just for one colour. Taking 6-8 hours to complete it’s then dried outside in the sunshine.
Using natural dyes and handmade process creates unique characteristics on the fabric, which we then make into one of a kind pieces for your home. We use woodblock printing on our colour cushions and tea towels.
Dabu Woodblock printing
Dabu (mud resist) is a unique art form practiced mostly in the state of Rajasthan, India and is used on some of our indigo pieces.
The clay is freshly prepared before each printing by finely sieving and mixing into a paste with slaked lime (Chuna in Hindi), Guar gum (Gound in Hindi ) and naturally pounded wheat chaff (Beedan in Hindi). It is then hand block printed onto each piece of fabric, sprinkled with sawdust and left to dry in the sun. The mud resists any dye introduced to the fabric in the natural indigo dye bath creating the beautiful patterns you see on our products.
Reviving traditional crafts
Indigo is the pure magic of nature.
Indigo is a distinctive blue dye obtained from leaves of the Indigoferra plant. When combined with lime, molasses and water it takes around 20 days to process. The intensity of blue varies depending on the number of times it is dipped into the deep dye vat.
Much of the indigo you see today is actually chemical dyes. As our indigo pieces use the natural version, like an expensive pair of jeans they need looking after to retain their beautiful colour.
India is one of the oldest centres for Indigo dying in the world.