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What Is the Ancient Technique of Block Printing?

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What Is the Ancient Technique of Block Printing?

What Is the Ancient Technique of Block Printing?   Block printing is a relief printing technique that uses a carved material (typically wood, linoleum, or rubber) to transfer ink onto fabric or paper. The block serves as a stamp, with the final product resulting in a mirror image of the carving. Woodblock prints can range from small images intended to be repeated in a pattern to large works of art that require a large printing press to print. In the past, these were also used to print entire books. Depending on the size of the knife and the quality of...

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Meet the Designer: Ophelia & Indigo, Ethically Sourced Indian Printed Cotton

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Meet the Designer: Ophelia & Indigo, Ethically Sourced Indian Printed Cotton

Thoughtful Production  We want to create beautiful, well-made, well-priced clothes with minimal waste and environmental impact. It was essential to us when we began O & I that we found a trusted manufacturing partner who shared our values and worked in an ethical and sustainable way.  We are producing small-runs of each collection to minimize wastage and designing made-to-last pieces with a timeless quality that can be worn year after year.    Collaboration and Community   A vital component for us is to work with and support like-minded creative people. We have had incredible support from our local community and friends...

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Meet the Designer: Uqnatu, Inspired by Pure Form, Design and Function

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Meet the Designer: Uqnatu, Inspired by Pure Form, Design and Function

The Babylonian word uqnatu is the earliest known reference to indigo dyed cloth. The ancient cuneiform writing likens the wool that has been dipped many times into the dye as having the rich color of lapis lazuli and also the deep blue of the infinite sky. Indigo is universal: it draws on traditions and techniques from all over the world.Indigo is timeless: it has been transforming cloth from pre-history to the 21st century. Indigo is durable and divine. Wear it with purpose. We believe in small, local production, the timeless beauty of raw denim and natural fibers without additional chemical...

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Meet the Designer: Simulacra a Sustainable Yoga & Athleisure Brand

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Meet the Designer: Simulacra a Sustainable Yoga & Athleisure Brand

Simulacra is a sustainable, organic and responsible women's casual, lifestyle, leisure and athleisure clothing brand, focused on the softest organic & recycled fabrics & thoughtful design.  We strive to add chic to everyday casual wear for active women, to add form to multi-function, and hopefully a little art and love towards empowering communities while remaining accountable to local and environmental sustainability by designing our garments to fulfill our multipurpose needs.  We have also dedicated ourselves to increasing our social impact, connecting with like-minded organizations, and giving you the opportunity to choose which non-profit to support with a portion of our profits. Make...

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Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion: What’s the Difference and Why does it Matter?

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Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion: What’s the Difference and Why does it Matter?

If you walk down 5th avenue in New York City, you’ll be greeted by dozens of storefronts. From Zara and Mango to H&M and Forever21, these retailers seem to have a new window display every other week. The clothing on their racks are constantly changing week after week, which is one reason these fashion brands are considered to be “fast fashion.” Everything moves quickly in the garment supply chain with new clothes and new styles filling their stores in abundance.     But how do they manage to manufacture everything so fast? First of all, quantity outweighs quality. They use...

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