Modern Designs Meet Traditional Arts of Barmer Region

The Barmer region of the state of Rajasthan, India, is the home of very talented artisans specializing in wood block printing and other traditional arts. These artisans live in scattered desert villages, their biggest challenge being poverty and the underdevelopment of their isolated communities. To address these problems, an organization that runs the “Barefoot College” of India decided to organize the artisans into cooperatives and help them market the centuries-old art of block printing. This art is similar to the one practiced by our other artisans (e.g. the ones who make the Eco Shoppers) but has its own style. The biggest difference is the more modern approach they take when creating the quilts and table covers (see below).

The quilts and table covers are made in the villages of Bagru and Sanganer, well known in Rajasthan for their wood-block printing heritage. Over 200 families work on these products, using natural dyes to produce red, black and indigo patterns on unbleached cotton fabric. Moreover, AZO-free chemical dyes have been used to produce a wider range of colors to compliment the natural dyes.

By supporting this organization, you are ensuring that the artisans have sustainable employment free of exploitation. Already these artisans are benefiting from projects that have improved their basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income. SETU- the Bridge to Artisans is proud to be working with these two artisan groups to bring you their fair trade products.

Pillow Cases

Quilt coordinated pillow covers, made with 100% cotton. They go great with the new fair trade quilts that SETU-The Bridge To Artisans is carrying. Comes in a set of 2,...

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Floral Table Cover

These table covers and napkins are made by hand-block printing the floral patterns with a wooden block. It is a handmade process made by artisans in India.

The artisans receive a...

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Cotton Quilts

These quilts are made using 100% cotton for both the filling and the cover. They are extremely light weight and warm. The art on the cover is made by hand...

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Block Printed Placemats

These table placemats are made by hand-block printing the floral patterns with a wooden block. It is a handmade process done by artisans in India.

The artisans receive a living wage...

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Block Printed Tablecloths

These table covers are made by hand-block printing the floral patterns with a wooden block. It is a handmade process done by artisans in India.

The artisans receive a living wage...

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Block Printed Napkins

These napkins are made by hand-block printing the floral patterns with a wooden block. It is a handmade process done by artisans in India.
The artisans receive a living wage...

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Dusky Rose Napkins

Set of 4 hand block printed napkins in floral motif. 100% cotton.

SIZE: 18" x 18"

MATERIALS: Cotton

ITEM CODE: TTCN 211 - Dusky Rose Napkins

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Dusky Rose Table Cover

Large rectangular table cover, hand block printed floral motif, 100% cotton

SIZE: 60" x 90"

MATERIALS: Cotton

ITEM CODE: TTCN 111 - Dusky Rose Table Cover

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Maharaja Napkins

Set of 4 napkins. Hand-block printed traditional Indian motif on 100% cotton.

Size: 18" x 18"

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Taupe Bedding Collection

This collection is made using 100% cotton for both the filling and the cover. They are extremely light weight and warm. The art on the cover is made by hand...

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Grey Bedding Collection

This collection is made using 100% cotton for both the filling and the cover. They are extremely light weight and warm. The art on the cover is made by hand...

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Indigo Bedding Collection

This collection is made using 100% cotton for both the filling and the cover. They are extremely light weight and warm. The art on the cover is made by hand...

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