how chattra textiles are crafted
chattra's artisan products are crafted in India using traditional hand-block print techniques that are passed from one generation to the next. Floral and geometric motifs, decorative architectural details, historical textile patterns and other designs are chiseled into hard wood blocks by carvers. Skillful chippas --printers--use the hand-held blocks to press ink to long stretches of cotton fabric, repeating the process with a different block pattern for each color applied. Heat is used to bond ink and fabric and set colors. This time-intensive process results in rich, remarkable textiles with depth and character. It takes hours and hours of handiwork to create each piece of chattra's block printed yoga gear. We are proud to work with a small workshop dedicated to preserving this incredible textile heritage.