Tassel & Twine collaborates with a number of artisans, NGOs and women’s collectives in South East Asia to make our handcrafted pieces.

Uniquely handcrafted

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 special patterns you see on our products.

Reviving traditional crafts

Indigo
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.

Sustaining communities

Working with The Dristee Foundation an NGO in Bhaglapur India we are helping teach skills to the women of the villages, most of which are living below the poverty line. They learn how to stitch and weave to earn an income and provide for their families, whilst engaging in their community. 
 

Organic cotton
Dristee currently have initiatives running across three villages with 70 spinning machines in total. The ladies have their machine set up at home so that they can perform other duties for their families, one of which would be collecting water. It is difficult for them to spin continually during the day because of the family demands. Most homes do not have power so the machines are hand operated.

The natural organic cotton (Khadi) used to weave our cushions and throws is unprocessed and of high quality. As it’s woven by hand it feels soft to touch and is the ultimate in comfort and luxury.
 

Central stitching hub
Many of the ladies recruited by Dristee to work at the stitching unit are managing difficult circumstances. They are able to learn new skills to become self-sufficient and earn their own income. We are currently working on some special bags with this community, so watch this space!