Having read about a 5th generation family of Indigo-dye block printers in a small town in northwest India, in the Fall of 2015 we set out on a bumpy 3-hour drive with three brothers’ first names but no address. We stopped at several tea vendors until one was able to point us down a dirt lane to a small house of natural dyers. There we witnessed the entire family, spanning several generations, quickly and precisely dipping hand-carved blocks into indigo dye baths, stamping yards of fabric and hanging them to dry in the small courtyard out back.
We have been working with this family ever since to develop beautiful natural-dyed block-printed designs to incorporate into our collection for IMMODEST COTTON. To create the block printed fabrics that we use in IMMODEST COTTON, the cotton is first printed by hand using a mud-based resist-paste, then dyed using natural indigo, revealing the pattern in white. This technique requires time, practice and patience, and is both a scientific and artistic endeavor. It results in unique variations within the print, enriching the character of each product.