how chattra textiles are crafted
chattra's block-printed products are crafted in India using centuries-old artisan techniques 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 print yoga gear. We are proud to work with a small workshop dedicated to preserving this incredible textile heritage.
...inspired by the decorative elements of India’s palaces, forts and temples and its textile and spiritual heritage
bagh print--bagh is Hindi for garden--is inspired by jalis, the carved marble lattice screens in Rajasthan palaces; jalis filter sun, cast lovely patterned shadows & create privacy
the classic, rich patterns of ikat cloth are a coveted commodity along Asia’s Silk Road; the skill and time required to dye and weave ikat is so revered it’s believed the cloth is imbued with magical powers
bandhani print is inspired by the dots & circles of 'Bandhani' tie-dye textiles; from the word bandhan, meaning tying up, the technique is used in the turbans, saris and skirts of Rajasthan & Gujurat
Indian lattice & stone work often features floral patterns, including the architecture of Agra's Red Fort; this print celebrates the auspicious marigold, essential to Hindu pujas, offerings & wedding celebrations
the embroidered textiles of Central Asia inspired this medallion print; traditionally included in wedding dowries to demonstrate stitching skills of brides (suzan means needle in Persian), suzani tapestries date to the 1700‘s.
jali's geometric floral design was commonly carved in the ceilings, walls, windows & screens of Rajasthan's old palaces & forts; jalis filter sun, cast lovely patterned shadows & create privacy
master craftsmen carved leaves, flowers & other foliage into solid stone doorway arches, entry ways, and window frames of palaces, temples and forst; feather print is similar to patterns found on the Udai Bilas Palace at Dungarpur in Rajasthan
monsoon print is inspired by stone carvings of Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar's abandoned city, & the painted lines of the monsoon celebrating Hall of Clouds mural at Junagarh Fort in Bikaner, Rajasthan
named for the amazing, light-reflecting hall of mirrors at Amber Fort in Jaipur. In Indian culture a darpan, a mirror, signifies reflection and faithful depiction. You can see the reflection represented in this pattern.
jalebi print celebrates the sugar-soaked, syrupy jalebi, a traditional Indian sweet. In beautiful, looping circles fried like funnel cake, jalebis are an important part of Indian festivals and celebrations
block print artisans often develop words for prints that aren't in the Hindi vocabulary; they call this triangle zig-zag shaped pattern kikri; this motif is also seen in the edging of shawls such as those offered to statues of deities in Hindu temples