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Loop Block-Print Project Bag

Very Limited Edition.

Handmade Loop project bags. Every step of these is handmade from the carving of the wood blocks to the dye preparaton, printing and sewing.
Fabrics sourced and handmade in India with design by Susan.

A mix of incredibly beautiful block-printed, mud-resist fabrics that are hand printed in Bagru,Rajasthan using natural and vegetable paste dyes and silkscreened with 'Loop London' on them.  
The traditional printing technique is called 'Dabu'.
(For more detailed information on the Dabu process of printing see below!)

There are a mix of designs and most of them use two different fabrics.
Fully lined inside with the fabric that is the border on the top of the bag with a satin ribbon drawstring to close.
Would make the most perfect gift for yourself or a loved one!
The main fabric image for these will be as shown and there is a mix of linings in the alternate fabric or colour (so the second fabric at the top of the bag might vary from what is shown in the image).
All fabrics are hand-blocked prints, except for one (the Marigold fabric version)

Indian cotton that is hand blocked with satin ribbon drawstring.
33 x 33cm
Handwash in cool water. Lay flat to dry.

Handmade in India for Loop, London.

Note: Please bear in mind that, given the total hands-on production of these, some of them can be a little 'wabi-sabi' with small imperfections in the fabric. (The logo might be off centre, the dye of the block-print might vary a tiny bit within one piece etc) This does not, in our view, detract from the beauty of them. 
Also with the fabric versions 'Floral Diamond' and 'Marigold' the Loop logo is a little hard to read! Please take this into account when deciding, if that is important to you. 
Handmade items are not returnable. 

Dabu printing:
The type of printing is traditionally done in Bagru, which is a small town about 30km outside of Jaipur, Rajasthan. 
It is something that most familes in Bagru are involved with, going back generations, either in the dyeing or printing process.
Walking around the town you often see huge swathes of fabrics that are swung over rooftops, cascading down the sides of houses and laid across communal fields where the fabrics dry in the sun. You also come across small piles of the wooden blocks used in the printing in workshops and side roads sometimes - these are so beautiful!

- Cotton fabrics are prepared for about three days before the printing process begins.
- The dabu mud is made from locally available black clay, spoiled wheat flour, calcium and limestone. The mud is filtered by foot through a net in order to strain out rocks and minerals – leaving a thick, very smooth mud paste. 
The printer dips the block in the mud and stamps it on the fabric. This is repeated over and over, creating many metres of fabric. The dabu mud acts as a resist to the dye that will be part of the process.
Sawdust is gently sprinkled over the mud to prevent smudging, preserving the natural beauty of the mud print.
The fabric is taken directly from the printing tables to dry outside beneath the hot, Rajasthani sun.
- The mud-printed fabric is then dyed, commonly in indigo wells (sometimes 12' deep!), or pot-dyed in other colors like grey, yellow, pink, and more.
- Colours:
Blacks - Horse shoes are charred over flames and then sit in buckets with sugar cane to ferment. (you also come across buckets of horse shoes in the town and the overwhelming smell of iron is palatable!), Yellows - Turmeric Red - Indian Madder tree
After dyeing, washers rinse the mud off the fabric, revealing a white color where the mud was protecting from dye. 
- This process can be repeated more than once to create different colour effects. The fabric is then sent to Delhi where we have it sewn and silkscreened!

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