Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Block Prints Revisited

One of the most popular posts on the blog continues to be my post on wood block-prints- it is about an year old and I thought it was time for an update. There are many retail and wholesale resources for inexpensive yet stylish block prints in Asia in general and India in particular. But now, thanks to the internet, it doesn't really matter where in the world you are. Here are some online sites you can visit to stock up some brightly colored prints in time for summer. 
1. Pottery Barn has always been a firm favorite and I am loving their new block print table linens. They had a similar collection out few years ago and I bought pillows and table linens- they still look as vibrant as ever.  
2. Anokhi is a Rajasthan, India-based company whose hand-blocked scarves (seen above Navy Roses cotton scarf) I have always liked. I recently saw that they offer bedding too and their quilts look perfect for summer.
3. Bungalow- I have blogged about this Denmark-based company before and they are a wonderful resource of block print fabrics. Their take on block print fabrics is very stylish and contemporary making me feel that block printing will never go out of fashion.

4. Also check out  Jewelweeds on Etsy for their eco-friendly, block printed linens, pillows and sachets.

I cannot list the number of emails I have received asking me where you could purchase the wooden blocks used for block printing. Though block printing can be done using wood, linoleum or any other hard material, the intricately carved wooden blocks are works of art by themselves. Within India, I have come across street vendors at popular tourist destinations that sell these blocks- the Kala Ghoda area in Mumbai is one such place. But I don't know of a particular street/store that you could visit to buy these blocks. If you know of any, do share with us. I looked online and found some sellers on here to browse. For all those who would like to try their hand at block printing, Urban Outfitters offers a complete kit.
Blocks and boot
Do email me if you would like to share your favorite block print resources/stores.

Images copyright Wooden block by OUATT, Pottery Barn Anokhi USA Bungalow, Jewelweeds, Wooden blocks by OUATT.


purplehomes said...

There is entire lane in Jaipur near the hawa mahal where one can pick up pretty blocks & at Delhi there is really awesome store in Karol Bagh which keeps all craft supplies. They have the most wonderful collection of blocks. Need I add that I am like a child in a candy store whenever I am there.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

What a lovely post! The charm of block prints is timeless! Saffron Marigold is one of my favorite block print merchandise stores. I do wish they wld update their line more often tho!

Anokhi and the 'peth' areas in blore are where you can buy blocks. You can also buy them on the Internet, but beware of defective/used blocks that you may get conned into buying!

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Purplehomes and Sharon,
Thanks so much for sharing!

GB73 said...

Not sure whether they still do, but cottage emporium in Delhi used to carry some fantastic supplies (more than ten years back??!!). And Khadi bhavan, also in CP had loads of fun stuff like handmade paper etc (not sure about blocks.) God, I miss India!


Sreelu said...

Beautiful, block prints are time tested always "in" and beautiful.

Parul said...

Kilol in Khar West, Mumbai also sells block printed merchandise.

Anokhi stocks some nice wooden print blocks.

vineeta said...

Thank you for this beautiful post and in-depth post! I know of bylanes of anytique dealers in Jogeshwari- Oshiwara furniture sellers, whose back rooms are full of treasures like these- old and intricate printing blocks - with prices to match, those guys clearly know the value of what they sell.

Rupa said...

I searched desperately to buy those wooden blocks but didn't know whereI could when I was in B'lore just 6 months ago :( Sharon mentioned "Anokhi and the 'peth' areas in blore". Could you please provide a few more details? Many thanks!

Rupa said...

Check out who carves all her own blocks beautifully! Also, has Indian and other woodblocks. They are pricey though!

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