At a glance: Block Shop creates small runs of geometric hand-printed scarves in conjunction with a cooperative of artisans in India.
Who’s behind the brand? Sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman of Cambridge, Massachusetts combine their backgrounds in fine art and business with a community of master printers in India to create a line of gorgeous geometric printed scarves. Hats off to the sisters as well for including on their website a bio of Vijendra Chhipa, 5th generation Master Printer from Bagru, India, and founder of Bagru Textiles Pvt. Ltd. Credit where credit’s due, just how we like it.
What do they do? Modeled after traditional Rajasthani textiles, the collection of silk and cotton scarves from Block Shop is geometric, minimalist and modern. Each and every piece in their collection is hand-printed using non-toxic and vegetable dyes, either with hand-carved wooden blocks or in a process known as mud-resist printing. Check out a full explanation of the process (along with beautiful photos) here.
Where are they based? Founders Lily and Hopie Stockman live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but the cooperative of master printers that produce their pieces is located in Bagru, India.
What extra feel-good bonuses come from shopping their goods? Aside from using all natural materials and supporting a cooperative of local artisans in the community of Bagru, helping to create a sustainable economy as well as revitalizing ancient traditions (all pretty good on its own if you ask us), Block Shop also contributes $2 from every purchase to a long-term healthcare initiative for the families involved in the cooperative. Oh, and their wastewater is recycled as greywater irrigation to the surrounding guar fields. Definitely a company you can feel good about supporting.
Editors’ favorites from the line? We love the Arrows scarf in coral, the stretched out graphic geometry of it, and the way enough of the pattern shows even when it’s all crumpled around your neck, it just feels perfectly balanced.
What materials do they use? Their scarves are a blend of 25% silk and 75% cotton, wearable year-round, and the dyes are all non-toxic natural and vegetable based.
Where can I get the goods? On their website, but be quick, they tend to sell out pretty fast. You can sign up for their newsletter if you want a heads-up when a new collection is released.