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MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

MEXICALI TRAVELS: EXPLORING THE ART OF BLOCK PRINT IN INDIA

Narrated by Mexicali Blues owner Pete Erskine and filmed by son Chauncey, this short travel video offers an insider look at the making of block print tapestry wall hangings in Jaipur, India. We take you with us through the crafting and buying process that goes into block print tapestries, bags, quilts, and more--traveling from their inception in India all the way to Mexicali Blues in Maine and then off to decorating your home in the most beautiful bohemian ways!

Aside from looking groovy, these unique textiles have a rich history in India, and are still produced using handmade dyeing and printing techniques that make each piece a subtly individual work of art! Although the younger generations of textile artists in India are shifting their focus to less labor-intensive screenprinting, the artisans who create our India print tapestries and accessories are keeping tradition alive through hand-dyeing and block-printing.

We travel frequently to India and other far-flung locales, importing responsibly through creating and maintaining long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with the artisans and families who create our merchandise. We are proud to offer tapestries, reversible block print bags, bohemian scarves, and other cool decor and fashion items that are created using block printing and other awesome traditional techniques! 

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TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES: CELEBRATING NATIONAL EMBROIDERY MONTH

TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES: CELEBRATING NATIONAL EMBROIDERY MONTH

February is National Embroidery Month‚ÄĒ just one of the many traditional techniques we love so much. We‚Äôre celebrating by spending extra time appreciating the beauty of all our handmade and embellished textiles. If you love unique fabrics, patterns, colors, and seeing the individuality of the maker who crafted the products, you‚Äôll love any of our [‚Ķ]

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How It’s Made: Traditional Balinese Batik

How It’s Made: Traditional Balinese Batik

The art of batik has been practiced for centuries, beginning with the villagers and tribesmen of remote, tropical regions in what are now the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.  Although the precise origins of batik are unknown, it is most common on the island of Java, Indonesia. When the art of batik was first practiced in […]

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