C25.6 - Hand Printed Cotton Cambric - covent garden ***
Print Name: Hand Printed Cotton Cambric - covent garden *** (3 Stars)
Fabric: 100% Cotton - Woven, non-stretch
Description: This is a light weight fabric. Cambric weave is soft and flexible, it gets a bit pebbled once it is laundered. It has good drape. The design is hand printed on to the fabric with carved wooden blocks. This floral design is teal on an ivory background. This is a light weight fabric, without much print coverage, so a little translucent, not completely sheer though. This pattern coordinates with the Sutton Stripe and Southall Floral prints if you want to mix them. See the "more info" tab for a description of the printing process.
Care: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry
Shrinkage: Vertical 2 % *
*if you hang your garment to dry instead of machine drying it, you do not need to worry about shrinkage.
The Art of Block Printing
The printing is a process called Block Printing, were either wood or metal blocks are hand carved by artists with their chosen design. The blocks are then dipped into the dyes, then stamped onto the fabric. First they stamp the outline of the design, and then other blocks are used to fill in the different colors. Dyes used are usually vegetable dyes, although sometimes mineral and non toxic chemicals are also used.
carved wood blocks
Styles that look good made up in this fabric
Shown on Janelle in the J-pocket Dress D38.