About our cloth
Hand block printed cloth
By hand, with hard wood blocks measuring approximately 20x20cm, our cloth is printed using natural or pigment dyes. To produce a multi- colour design the cloth is re-printed up to 4 times. Inconsistencies and irregularities are to be treasured as a sign of authenticity, natural dyes contain hundreds of natural variants that can cause irregular results and beautiful colour variations. This is the very essence of the cloth, which creates it’s natural beauty and reflects the skill of the craftsperson.
The maximum amount of each length of fabric is 13 metres. This is because the tables used in the workshop are that length and each piece is stretched along the length of the table!.
Did you know?
Naturally dyed cloth will not shrink because it has already gone through water during the dyeing process.
Natural dyed cloth is as light fast as pigment… treat your fabric well and it will last a lifetime.
Our cloth is 100% cotton, of varying weights, so please do read the description of the individual fabric carefully to ensure that it meets your needs.
A word about indigo
After handling natural indigo hand dyed fabric, your hands may pick up some excessive dyes. This is called ‘rub off’ and is one of the ways you can be assured that the cloth is truly natural indigo. It is completely harmless and will not stain your hands or clothes but you may want to wash the fabric before use.
Sewing with our cloth
All of our cloth is 100% cotton, but it still requires careful handling, treat it with care and you will get the best results.
Use a fine needle, fine cotton thread, and a short stitch length.
Consider French seams or bound seams (Hong Kong seams) as this creates a lovely professional finish.
Use the very lightest sew-in interfacing if you feel it necessary, or (better yet) consider finishing edges with bias binding or piping.
Caring for our cloth
We recommend hand washing gently in cool water, separately, with a mild detergent and air dry in the shade; use a warm iron.
As with all fabric, we recommend you wash it before using as there may be residual dust or dyes on it which will need to be removed before you create your project! It will not shrink as it has gone through a lot of water in the dyeing process!