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The unique aspect of this block is that all the detail of the design is achieved by pressing thin brass metal strips into the wood to get very fine lines in the print. The metal is sanded smooth. The fine designs on these metal wood blocks wouldn’t chip off and would last forever.
This rare, one of a kind block features floral/paisley like motif and measures 1.5 inches (3.8 cms) lengthwise, little over 1 inch (2.54 cms) at the widest part sideways. Thickness of this block is 1 ½ (3.8 cms) inches.
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Indian Hand carved wood textile blocks were traditionally used to print on textiles using natural dyes derived from plants, and other organic sources. But the possibilities for their use are endless. You can also use these wooden stamps for stamping or printing on paper, fabrics, wallpaper, doing temporary henna tattoos, scrapbooking, and impressing clay, tiles, ceramics, handmade soaps etc. They can be used practically anywhere; just use your imagination!
These are carved out from various seasoned woods, including teak wood but a majority are carved of sustainably harvested brown hard Indian sheesham wood (also known as Indian Rosewood - a member of the Teak family). These stamps are carved by skilled craftsmen. Design is etched on the underside of the block. Two to three cylindrical holes are drilled into the block for free air passage and also to allow release of excess printing paste/dye. The newly carved blocks are soaked in oil, usually mustard oil for 10-15 days to soften the grains in the timber.
Block Printing is an ancient Indian art of printing, especially on fabrics & textiles, dating as far back as the 12th century. Now nearly a lost art, this handcraft work will soon be lost to modern printing techniques like automated web presses and silk screening that is replacing handmade, hand carved wood print blocks. Help promote, preserve and revive this unique dying art!
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