Wood-Block Printing Group

Keeping at alive: the eco bags

Ramlal Khatri (Seen above and to the left) is a very talented artisan who has won prestigious national awards for his wood-block printing, a traditional art where hand-carved wood blocks are used to create patterns on fabric. He follows an environmentally-friendly process and uses 100% natural dyes. Wood-blocking has been practiced for generations, originally used to create bed sheets, for which they were given merit as artists. However, these were not very marketable products, and this artisan group began to struggle.

SETU-The Bridge To Artisans developed the idea of making functional products using this age-old technique as a way to preserve this traditional art. Thus, the Eco-shopper and Green Computing laptop bag were born. Our Eco-shopper bags are reusable, washable shopping bags, made from locally-grown and woven, unbleached cotton. These are then hand-blocked using natural mineral and vegetable dyes. They have become our number 1 best selling item, which has definitely impacted Ramlal and his group.

Soon after we added more products made by this group to our inventory. Fair Trade has helped Ramlal and his group reach a market, allowing them to live off of their art. This has kept the traditional wood-block printing knowledge alive. In addition, the group now has sustainable income, which they use to develop their community.

Eco Shopper

Customizable, reusable shopping bag made from locally grown and woven cotton. The pattern is made by hand-block printing with 100% natural dyes. The inside print can be customized with your...

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Melange Tote Bag

This shoulder bag is made by sewing together patches of fabric. These patches have been embellished with wood-block printing by hand, using 100% natural dyes.

It is a Fair Trade bag...

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Green Computing

Trendy laptop bags, made with 100% natural dyes. Great eco-alternative to conventional synthetic laptop bags. Machine washable. Completely quilted, multiple pockets for pens, calculators, credit cards, etc.

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Natural Dye Diaper Bag

This bag is made from a patch work of fabrics that have been hand-block printed with 100% natural dyes. It has multiple pockets inside and outside. Comes in an assortment...

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Melange Cosmetic Bag

This accessory bag is made by hand through patchwork. Different pieces of fabric are block printed with natural dyes, then sewn together to form the bag.

These accessory bags are fair...

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Melange Coin Bags

This coin bag is made by patching together different fabrics that have been wood-block printed with natural dyes. They have decorative running stitches on them.

These fair trade bags are made...

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Braided Crossbody Bag

Cross body bag. 100% cotton. Assorted block printed fabric. Top edge has hand embroidery. Wooden o-rings connect braided strap. Inside pocket and magnetic closure.

Materials: Cotton

Size: 14" W x 14 1/2"...

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Custom Eco-Shopper

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Size: 15"W x 18"H

Color: Assortment of different colors and prints. 100% Natural dyes

Material: 100% cotton

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Logo placement: Inside the bag....

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RMK Pencil Case

This pencil case features the much loved patchwork look that comes from the Wood Block Printing Group. It has a zip closure and a small fabric loop on the end...

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Hand-carved Wooden Hooks

Set of 3 traditional floral and garden motifs hand carved on thick blocks of Indian Rosewood. The natural appearance of these hooks make them a great home accent that enhances...

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Patchwork “Peace” Pillow

Traditional art forms of block printing and patchwork are used to create these vivid pillows with mixed colors and patterns. The word “Peace” is hand cut and stitched in large...

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Block Printed Scarves – Floral Terrace

Handmade block printed scarf with beautiful floral pattern. Stripes at end of scarf add a modern element to design. Scarfs are lightweight and made from 100% cotton. Available in Pink,...

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Patchwork “Love” Pillow

Traditional art forms of block printing and patchwork are used to create these vivid pillows with mixed colors and patterns. The word “Love” is hand cut and stitched in large...

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Carmen Block-Print Pouch

Two lovely block-print patterns are quilted together to create these pretty, practical pouches. Carry, store or organize cosmetics, jewelry, travel items, sunglasses, small electronics, craft supplies -- so many uses!...

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Carmen Block-Print Coin Purse

Two lovely block-print patterns are quilted together to create these soft, sturdy coin purses. Quilted, 100%-cotton lining and and zipper closure protect cash, cards, jewelry and other small items. Assorted...

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Duchess Pouch – Royal Blue

Keep organized and stylish with this fashion-forward pouch accented with gold metallic paisley print. Multipurpose and great for journeys -- store cosmetics and personal items while traveling, then convert into...

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Duchess Pouch – Emerald

Keep organized and stylish with this fashion-forward pouch accented with gold metallic paisley print. Multipurpose and great for journeys -- store cosmetics and personal items while traveling, then convert into...

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Duchess Pouch – Scarlet

Keep organized and stylish with this fashion-forward pouch accented with gold metallic paisley print. Multipurpose and great for journeys -- store cosmetics and personal items while traveling, then convert into...

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Duchess Tote – Scarlet

The ultimate day bag, this oversized tote is perfect for shopping, school or the beach. Canvas lining in complementary hue makes this slouchy cotton bag durable, while the gold metallic...

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Duchess Tote – Royal Blue

The ultimate day bag, this oversized tote is perfect for shopping, school or the beach. Canvas lining in complementary hue makes this slouchy cotton bag durable, while the gold metallic...

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Duchess Tote – Emerald

The ultimate day bag, this oversized tote is perfect for shopping, school or the beach. Canvas lining in complementary hue makes this slouchy cotton bag durable, while the gold metallic...

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Carmen Block-Print Coin Purse

Two lovely block-print patterns are quilted together to create these soft, sturdy coin purses. Quilted, 100%-cotton lining and and zipper closure protect cash, cards, jewelry and other small items. Assorted...

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