The art of block printing has been used for centuries to create beautiful textile designs by hand. Block printing is a labour intensive and time-consuming technique, but the results that are achievable by a skilled artisan are incredible.
A hammer and a chisel are used to expertly carve the chosen design into a block of wood - carving a block can take anywhere from an hour for a small piece, to several weeks or even months depending on the size and detail of the image. The block is then dipped into a dye tray, and expertly stamped onto the fabric with a hard pound of the fist, ensuring even printing. This will be repeated from left to right, aligning the blocks perfectly by eye from years of experience.
Like many traditional crafts, the block printing industry faces serious challenges trying to keep pace with modern manufacturing, which is why it is so important to support these traditional techniques.
Block printing has always been an integral part of Nomads collections – with intricate designs being printed onto natural fabrics with azo free dyes.