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Canton Flower Tablecloth

Sale price$60.00

Wood blocks in Sheesham wood are hand-carved by artisans. Each color is printed with a different block to complete the motif being printed. A high degree is required for both the placement of the block and the application of pressure. Altogether there can be as many as 16 blocks to create a 5-color design. A set of blocks can be used to print on average 1500 - 2000 yards of fabric after which some have to be replaced.

The colors we use for printing are derived from nontoxic chemical and mineral dyes. We also use vegetable dyes. Chemical dyes have replaced vegetable pigments to withstand present-day washing and color-fast requirements and to allow for a wider range of colors. A block-printed cloth reflects the touch of a human hand, the sensibility and skill of the craftsman, making every piece unique.