One way to add a bit of luxury to our homes is to buy something unique and handmade. Hand-printed linens fit that bill especially because we all get tired of using the same table linens day in and day out. When it comes time to add to my collection, I just may start with the elegant Dance O Peacock tablecloth from Saffron Marigold. That features a forest green, ochre, turquoise and cobalt blue stylized feather design on an ivory background.
The hand-printing process at Saffron Marigold begins with a shesham wood block. Then a free-hand design drawing is transferred to the wood and a master block-maker works with a hammer and chisel carving to carve out out the design. Outline blocks are carved first, then color fill blocks – one for each color. Hand-printed textiles are especially time consuming to produce.
Artisans use their hands and fingers as measuring devices. The number of times a fabric will be stamped depends on the complexity of the design and the number of colors. Most designs require the fabric to be stamped a minimum of three thousand times!
Morning Dew cotton dinner napkins are generously sized and feature an ogee print in royal blue and teal with accents of orange patterned across a pale yellow background. All products are printed on preshrunk cotton, and finished with double stitched hems. They are machine washable. Swatches also are available to preview colors and patterns.
The Moroccan-inspired Sultan’s Palace shower curtain is a vividly colored textile with gorgeous medallions in ivory, fuchsia, ochre and turquoise across a deep purple background. It has buttonhole openings for easy hanging. I think you will find their prices reasonable, especially when you consider the time and skill it takes to create each work of textile art.
(Source: Saffron Marigold)
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