New kids on the block: meet the sisters bringing handblock printing back
Handblock printing is seeing a welcome revival, thanks to sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, co-founders of LA-based textile label Block Shop. Working with a single community of master printers, dyers and weavers in Bagru, Rajasthan, Block Shop has melded ancient printing techniques with a modern design aesthetic.
Inspired by the works of Anni Albers, Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti and marble mosaics in the palaces of Rajasthan, the label’s geometric designs are bold – take, for example, the Sol Le Witt-inspired ‘Temple’ design – while exuding a soft tactility, thanks to the hand-applied processes and layers of predominantly natural dyes that its fifth generation artisans use to create the pieces.
Each print is made using wood blocks that are inked by hand and arranged carefully in formation. Available as scarves, cushion covers and dhurrie rugs, Block Shop’s creations possess an elegant refinement that one might not expect from such rustic origins.
As originally featured in the November 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*212)