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How our snuggly blankets are made...

A behind the scenes look at how our baby blankets are made. 

 

Underwater block sketch

First, I draw out a pattern in pencil and then convert it to digital by scanning it. This way I can see how the pattern will look once it's repeated on the material.

Master block-carver Jaipur

Next, the printout goes to a fifth generation block-carver in Jaipur, India. These guys work magic with a piece of teak wood and tiny chisels and homemade saws to make a reverse copy of my design. It's mesmerizing and super impressive to watch them work.

Wood block-printing by hand onto cotton material

Back in Bangalore, I traipse off to the wholesale market to get the cotton voile and then take the material and the blocks to the block-printer. The printer dips the wood block into dye and onto the cotton fabric. Each color on the finished pattern has it's own block. If the blanket features three colors there are three corresponding blocks and each one is printed in succession. 

Sewing block-printed blankets

After the pattern is set, the material is collected from the printers and driven across town to the tailor shop. A dohar is traditionally made with three layers; the cotton with the cute pattern is sandwiched between two plain layers of cotton so the finished effect is subtle and soft. I love to contrast this translucency with a pop of color on the border!

Snuggly soft cotton handmade elephant print blankets

Finally, after quality inspection, the adorable blankets are ready for being the best baby shower gift ever - and ready for gift giving in their own little pouch! Please click here to see the full range of blankets.